To test the link between planning and implementation and identify challenges, a COVID-19 vaccination trial will be carried out in five districts of Karnataka on Saturday.
Dry trials will be conducted at three “vaccination session sites”, each in the districts of Bengaluru Urban, Kalaburagi, Shivamogga, Mysuru and Belagavi. About 75 to 100 vaccinators and 375 beneficiaries are expected to participate in the Karnataka dry run.
This follows instructions from the Union Government which has called on all States and Union Territories to prepare for the deployment of COVID-19 vaccination. Union Health Secretary Rajesh Bushan, who chaired a high-level meeting on Thursday to review readiness, called on all states and UTs to ensure effective preparedness for the vaccine deployment, by performing a dry run on January 2.
Rajani Nageshrao, Deputy State Director (Vaccination), said The Hindu Thursday that the dry run would take place at the taluk hospital, district hospital and primary health center in each of the five districts.
“We will have orientation for adjudicators through the Deputy Commissioners (DCs) on Friday. The dry run will be an end-to-end testing exercise of the COVID-19 vaccination process, with the exception of the vaccination itself.
No less than 25 beneficiaries (identified health workers) in the jurisdiction of each session site of the five districts will receive a message asking them to come to the site with their ID for the dry run, ”she said. .
“The purpose of the exercise is to understand how the actual vaccination and all related activities should take place. Three rooms, a waiting area, syringes, beneficiaries, vaccinators who will administer the vaccine, Adverse Event Following Vaccination (AEFI) kits which are usually kept ready during all immunization programs, and a room observation will be kept ready, ”explained Dr Rajani. “Once the dry run is over, the challenges and difficulties encountered at the session sites in each district will be collated and communicated to the Union government. This exercise will restore confidence in program managers at different levels. “
A COVID-19 vaccination trial was conducted in Assam, Punjab, Gujarat and Andhra Pradesh for two days starting December 28. The exercise took place in two districts each of these states, where five session sites with 25 beneficiaries each were identified. No major problems were observed in the operational aspects during this idling.