In a bid to streamline Covid vaccine administration and make it foolproof, a dry run will take place in four Kerala districts tomorrow, January 2. Three hospitals in Thiruvananthapuram and one each in Wayanad, Idukki, and Palakkad will participate in the dry run. Following the success of the vaccine dry run in four states, the Union Ministry for Health had announced that all states and union territories should participate in the process.
On Tuesday, the Union Health Ministry has announced that the two-day dry run of the Covid-19 vaccination drive has concluded smoothly. The ministry added that minor issues did pop up during the trial and they are being addressed.
“The objective of dry the run is also to undertake and confirm field implementation of IT platform Co-WIN and guide the way forward before actual implementation,” the Ministry said in a press release, adding that District Collectors were made responsible for conducting the dry run. This exercise is likely to provide insights on any gaps or bottlenecks during the actual conduct of vaccination.
The two-day dry run on December 28 and 29 were conducted in Krishna district in Andhra Pradesh, Rajkot and Gandhinagar in Gujarat, Ludhiana and Shaheed Bhagat Singh Nagar (Nawanshahr) in Punjab and Sonitpur and Nalbari districts in Assam.
According to a Union Ministry of Health and Family Welfare's (MoHFW), to prepare medical personnel for the Covid-19 vaccine rollout, detailed training modules have been administered for vaccine administrators in various categories. The training includes all operational aspects such as organising vaccination shifts, using the Co-WIN platform, deploying team members, cold chain preparedness, etc.
The vaccine administrators include medical officers, vaccinators, alternate vaccinators, cold chain handlers, supervisors, data managers, ASHA coordinators, etc. The government has already issued training to 2,360 trainers and over 7,000 district trainees. The dry run is done to make sure that there are no hiccups during the vaccinating process and help evaluate the preparations for the Covid-19 vaccination drive.