Dry execution in all states for the January 2 Covid vaccination – The Sangai Express

New Delhi, 31 December
All states will begin the dry race for Covid-19 vaccination starting January 2. The decision was taken on Thursday at a summit of the Union Ministry of Health.
The dry race will be conducted by all state and UT governments on January 2, 2021 (Saturday). The ministry proposed that the course be held in all state capitals in at least three session places.
In Manipur, the dry race will take place at Imphal West and Thoubal, a well-placed source said.
‚ÄúSome states will also include districts located on difficult terrain / that have poor logistical support; Maharashtra and Kerala are likely to schedule running in cities larger than their capital, “the Union Health Ministry said.
Earlier, in Andhra Pradesh, Gujarat, Punjab and Assam, a two-day period was successfully held to assess the availability of the mechanism provided for the Covid-19 immunization action, the Union Ministry of Health said on Tuesday. The field feedback on the first day of the dry race was revised on December 29 by videoconference with the state and district program officers by the joint secretary (public health).
“All states have expressed satisfaction with the operational approach and use of the IT platform to ensure transparency and effective monitoring of vaccination processes expected to cover a large number of people across the country.
“Additional suggestions for the IT platform have also been considered for further improvement of the Co-WIN platform. Detailed agreements and feedback will help to enrich the operational guidelines and the IT platform and strengthen the Covid vaccination launch plan. 19 “, the Ministry declared. .
The purpose of dry running
According to the Union Ministry of Health, the aim of the second race for the introduction of the Covid-19 vaccine is to assess the operational feasibility of using the Co-WIN application in a field environment, to test the links between planning and implementation and to identify challenges. and guide the way forward before effective implementation. This is expected to give confidence to program managers at various levels, the ministry said.
“The planning for the introduction of the vaccine will be in accordance with the operational guidelines issued by the ministry on December 20, 2020. For each of the three meetings, the responsible doctor in question will identify 25 test beneficiaries (health workers),” the ministry said.
States / UTs were required to ensure that the data of these beneficiaries are uploaded to Co-WIN. These beneficiaries will also be available at the ground running session. States and UTs will prepare the facilities and users to be created on the Co-WIN application, including uploading data to health care workers (HCW) beneficiaries.
States / TUs were requested to:
– Ensure the physical verification of all the sites proposed for the adequacy of the space, logistical arrangements, internet connectivity, electricity, security, etc .;
-Prepare at least three models of session sites in each state (at the state capital) for demonstration;
-Make sure that the model sites have separate entrance and exit in a “three-room arrangement”, with adequate space outside for awareness-raising activities;
-Display all IEC material on these sites;
-Make sure that all SOPs and protocols are practiced at the identified locations in an ideal environment together with the vaccination teams to be identified and trained in all aspects.
The dry course will also equip the state and UT administration in managing the supply, storage and logistics of vaccines, including cold chain management, the ministry said.
As vaccine administrators will play an important role in the vaccination process, the training of trainers and those who will administer the vaccine has been taken in different states. About 96,000 vaccinators have been trained for this purpose. Over 2,300 participants were trained in national training of trainers and over 57,000 participants were trained in district-level training in 719 districts.
States complete State Assistance Line 104 (which will be used in addition to 1075) for any vaccine / software queries. Orientation and capacity building of call center directors took place in states / TUs. States were also encouraged to proactively use frequently asked questions from the Ministry of Health to answer any such questions.
Management of possible side effects
An important focus of the drying period will be on the management of any possible adverse events after immunization (AEFI). In addition, the observance and management of infection control practices at the session site, in order to prevent the transmission of the disease. The simulated exercise will include simultaneous monitoring and review at block and district level and preparation of feedback.
The Covid-19 vaccine is expected soon
The director of AIIMS Delhi, Dr. Randeep Guleria, said on Wednesday that India will receive the Covid-19 vaccine in a few days.
Completing the approval of the Oxford-AstraZeneca vaccine for use in the UK as a “big step forward”, he said, “This is very good news that AstraZeneca has received approval for its vaccine from UK regulators. They have solid data in India and the same vaccine is being developed by the Serum Institute of India. This is a big step forward not only for India but also for many parts of the world.
“This vaccine can be stored at two to eight degrees Celsius. Therefore, it would be easy to store and transport. Storage can be done using a simple refrigerator, rather than what is required in the Pfizer vaccine of minus 70 degrees Celsius. “, said Dr. Guleria ANI.
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