Amid new discovery of mutant coronavirus strain, originating from the United Kingdome (UK), India is all set to undertake dry run of Covid-19 vaccine on Saturday. This will be a trial before the actual vaccination drive begins in the country. All states and Union Territories are ready to undertake one of the biggest dry run drive before the actual immunization. The Covid 19 vaccination mock drill on Saturday is a part of the Centre’s decision to test across the country the preparedness of the authorities before launching the actual vaccination programme, a health department official said.
This comes after Union health minister Harsh Vardhan on Friday held a meeting with all the stakeholders concerned to review the preparedness.
The activity is set to be conducted by all state and union territory administrations on January 2 to test the linkages between planning and implementation and to identify the challenges, the Centre had said on Thursday.
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Assam, Andhra Pradesh, Punjab and Gujarat have successfully conducted dry run in the first phase during two-day trial run on December 28 and 29.
Maharashtra will hold the dry run at Pune, Nagpur, Jalna and Nandurbar. Jharkhand will conduct the dry run in Ranchi, East Singhbhum, Chatra, Palamu and Pakur. Bengaluru Urban, Belagavi, Kalaburagi, Mysuru and Shivamogga will undergo the dry run in Karnataka. Tamil Nadu will conduct the dry run in Chennai, Nilgiris, Tirunevlevi, Tiruvallur and Coimbatore. Similarly, all states have identified dry run sites.
The dry run will be held at Urban Primary Health Centres at Duttabad and Madhyagram and at Amdanga Rural Hospital in North 24 Parganas district in West Bengal. In each centre, 25 health workers will participate in the dry run. “All arrangements have been completed for the Covid vaccination mock drill on Saturday,” the official said PTI on Friday.
Three sites across the national capital have been also identified for conducting a dry run for Covid-19 vaccination on Saturday, officials said. “Guru Teg Bahadur Hospital, Shahdara; Urban Primary Health Centre, Daryaganj; and Venkateshwar Hospital, Dwarka are the three sites in Delhi which have been selected for the dry run tomorrow to gear up for the roll out of COVID-19 vaccine in the national capital,” a senior official said.
The Telangana government has the capacity to administer the COVID-19 vaccine to about 10 lakh people per day once it is made available, Health Minister Eatala Rajender said and hoped that the state would not have to face the adverse impact of the virus this year. “Since the Centre has indicated that it would provide the vaccine on time, we are geared up and have trained about 10,000 health care personnel.
A day-long dry run to check the preparations for Covid-19 vaccination will be conducted in Pune district today. “Total of 17 registered beneficiaries would undergo the mock drill at three health care centres in Pune city, Pune rural and Pimpri Chinchwad,” said a senior official from the district health department.
With agencies inputs