COVID-19 vaccination: states receive 41,000 freezers, 45,000 ice-covered refrigerators | India News

New Delhi: Guidelines for estimating cold chain equipment were issued to all states and received at least 240 coolers, 70 freezers, 45,000 ice refrigerators, 41,000 freezers and 300 solar refrigerators for COVID-19 vaccination. , said the Union Ministry of Health here on Tuesday (December 15th).

Addressing media coverage of preparations for the COVID-19 vaccine, Health Union Secretary Rajesh Bhushan said guidelines had been issued to estimate cold and electrical equipment in the cold chain and strengthen it in all states, and the territories of the Union.

Rajesh Bhushan said that guidelines for cold chain management have also been issued at the latest points and meeting sites, adding that all states have already received 29,000 points for cold chain and cold chain equipment, which include “240 refrigerators, 70 in freezers, 45,000 ice-cold refrigerators, 41,000 freezers and 300 solar refrigerators”.

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The center has a multi-level governance mechanism that will help the COVID-19 vaccination program, Bhushan said, adding that at least 36 states and UTs have held meetings of the state steering committee as well as groups. working hours of the state.

He also said that about 633 districts have concluded meetings of the district working group and added that about 23 ministries / departments of state and central governments have been identified and assigned roles (planning, implementation, social mobilization, generation of awareness) for the vaccine. -roll.

Bhushan said the Ministry of Health has also completed training modules for medical officers, vaccination officers, alternative vaccination officers, cold chain handlers, supervisors, data managers, ASHA coordinators and added that physical training as well as online, started in all states and territories of the union.

He said detailed instructions had been issued on infection prevention and control practices during vaccination, adding that instructions had been given to states to manage minor, severe or serious adverse events after immunization (AEFI).

“States must identify at least one AEFI management center in each block – primary health centers, community health centers, district hospitals, private health institutions or any other fixed health unit with medical officers and paramedical staff as centers. AEFI management, ”he said.

Each site session would be connected to a designated AEFI management center. AEFI reporting will be done through Co-WIN, a digital platform for real-time monitoring of the COVID-19 vaccine, Bhushan said, adding that it will allow people to register. for vaccination.