For streamlining Covid 19 Vaccination, India to hold Dry run

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India wants to leave no stone no stone unturned when coming to Covid 19 Vaccine. In a major development to streamline the distribution of COVID-19 vaccine, India will hold a dry run for vaccination in all states and Union territories on January 2.

The dry run across the country is held for knowing the linkages between planning and implementation and to identify the challenges when the real drive comes. The government will conduct the dry run in state capitals in three session sites. The drive will also cover districts with poor logistical support or those that situated in difficult terrain.

Dry run to identify the challenges when the real drive comes

Ahead of the dry run, Union Health Minister Harsh Vardhan held a high-level meeting to review preparedness at session sites across the country. Requesting the officials to ensure that the sites and official in charge abide by the detailed checklist and SOP for vaccination, he called for the need for perfect calibration between administrative and medical officers. harsh“Let us attempt to implement it as a real exercise with attention to the minutest detail. Proper co-ordination will go a long way in building mutual understanding so that the upcoming vaccination drive may proceed without any glitch,” Harsh Vardhan said. The states are asked to have proper all facilities, including internet, electricity at these sites. The sites should have separate entry and exit points.

As many as 96,000 vaccinators were trained for the process. 57,000 were trained in district level training held in 719 districts and 2,360 got training during National Training of Trainers. Ahead of the dry run across the country, the ministry had held a two-day dy run in select states on December 28 and 29. Two districts each in Assam, Andhra Pradesh, Gujarat, and Punjab conducted the dry run.

 

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