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COVID-19 vaccine dry run concludes successfully in four states, says Health Ministry

The vaccine dry run was conducted to test the laid out mechanisms for COVID-19 vaccination in the states and provide insights into any gaps.

December 29, 2020 / 07:11 PM IST

The two-day vaccine dry run carried out in four states concluded smoothly with some minor hiccups which are being addressed, the Health Ministry said in a statement on December 29.

"All the four participating states are satisfied with systems put in place for COVID-19 vaccination process," the statement said, according to reports.

"All states expressed satisfaction in terms of the operational approach and use of IT platform to ensure transparency and effective monitoring of vaccination processes expected to cover a large number of people across the country," the ministry said.

The two-day end-to-end dry run was being carried out in Krishna district in Andhra Pradesh, in Rajkot and Gandhinagar in Gujarat, Ludhiana and Shaheed Bhagat Singh Nagar (Nawanshahr) in Punjab and Sonitpur and Nalbari districts in Assam.

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It was conducted to test the laid out mechanisms for COVID-19 vaccination in the states and provide insights into any gaps to be addressed before the commencement of the actual vaccination drive, according to officials.

According to officials, the exercise tested the functionality of Co-WIN, which is an online platform for monitoring the delivery of COVID-19 vaccine, deployment of team members, checking cold storage, transportation, and other arrangements while following all necessary protocols.

Read: From the lab to the jab: How BioNTech-Pfizer won the vaccine race

"Detailed insights and feedback obtained will help enrich the operational guidelines and IT platform, and will strengthen the COVID-19 vaccination roll out plan," the statement said.

As per the checklist shared with the states by the Union Ministry of Health and Family Welfare, beneficiaries will be preidentified and an SMS will be sent to them in advance with the name of the vaccinator and the time of the immunization.

After the vaccination, they will be under observation for the next 30 minutes to address any adverse event.

Read: 30 crore Indians to be vaccinated by July 2021, says Civil Aviation Minister

Prior to the dry run, a special training workshop of personnel was also held.

(With PTI inputs)
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first published: Dec 29, 2020 07:11 pm

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