Covid-19 was brought down as soon as the Center asks states to conduct a vaccine trial on January 2

With a decision on Oxford-AstraZeneca Covid-19 vaccine approved likely at the end of this week, the Center on Thursday ordered all states and UTs to conduct a vaccination trial on Jan. 2. This test will be conducted with the aim of testing and rehearsing the links between planning and implementation and to identify challenges. It is proposed that the activity be carried out in all state capitals at at least 3 session sites.

The states will include districts that have difficult topography and poor logistical support, while Maharashtra and Kerala are expected to plan the dry run in major cities other than their capitals, the Union Health Ministry said.

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“The objective of the vacuum trial for the introduction of the Covid-19 vaccine is to assess the operational feasibility of using the Co-WIN application in the field, to test the links between planning and implementation and identify challenges and guide the way forward prior to implementation. It should also give confidence to program managers at different levels, ”said the Ministry of Health quoted by the PTI.

The development comes a day after India’s drug regulator’s Subject Matter Expert Committee (SEC) held a meeting on Wednesday to deliberate on a request from the Serum Institute of India for approval of the Oxford vaccine (named Covishield) in India in emergency circumstances.

The SEC was unable to make a decision on the matter on Wednesday evening and decided to meet again in the New Year. Sources close to the development told The Indian Express that the SEC has requested additional information from companies linked to their candidates. The UK drug regulator cleared the Oxford-AstraZeneca vaccine on Wednesday.

Union Health Secretary Rajesh Bhushan chaired a high-level meeting on Thursday to review the readiness of session sites for the Covid-19 vaccination, with the senior secretaries (Health) and d ‘other health administrators from all states and UT by video conference. Regarding the empty race to be organized, for each of the three session sites, the Responsible Doctor will identify 25 beneficiaries of the test (health workers).

States and TUs have been urged to ensure physical verification of all proposed sites for adequacy of space, logistical arrangements, internet connectivity, electricity, security, etc. and prepare at least three model session sites in each state (in the state capital) for demonstration. .

They were asked to ensure that the model sites have a separate entrance and exit in a “ three room setup ” with adequate space outside for outreach activities, display all materials CEI at these sites and ensure that all SOPs and protocols are practiced at the identified sites in an ideal environment with vaccination teams to be identified and trained in all aspects.

Drilling simulation will take place in five districts of Karnataka

In Karnataka, the exercise simulation will take place in five districts of Bengaluru (urban), Belagavi, Kalaburagi, Mysuru and Shivamogga, health officials said.

“In each district, three session sites (one each at district, taluk and primary health center level) were chosen for the dry trial. After the dry run, comments will be collected on the session sites in each district, ”the statement said.

Officials said the process will consist of four stages, except for the actual vaccination. These include planning and preparing for vaccine introduction, uploading beneficiary details and session site, checking documents at session sites, and mock vaccination. recipients and reports.

“After the process, we will be able to access the operational feasibility of using the Co-WIN application in a field environment and test the links between the planning, implementation and reporting mechanisms. », Explained an official.

(With contributions from Ralph Alex Arakal in Bengaluru)