GUWAHATI: After successfully conducting a dry run on COVID19 vaccine administration in two districts of Nalbari and Sonitpur and also in Guwahati city in, Assam to conduct a statewide dry run on January 8.
On Wednesday, the Health Ministry has asked for another round of mock drills on COVID19 vaccine administration to be conducted in all states and UTs.
“As a simulation of actual execution, another round of dry run/mock drill in all 700+ districts of all States/UTs (except UP and Haryana who have already conducted/ will be conducting the dry run in all districts on 5th January and 7th January respectively) is planned on 8th January 2021 to ensure efficient planning and management for vaccine delivery in each district of all States/UTs,” said the health ministry in a statement.
Each district will identify three types of session sites, similar to the previous dry run including a public health facility (district hospital/medical college), private health facility and rural or urban outreach sites.
In this regard, a meeting of Union Minister of Health and Family Welfare Harsh Vardhan with the state/UT health ministers is scheduled on Thursday to guide states/UTs on the conduct of dry run.
“The entire planning of the vaccination drive including beneficiary registration, microplanning and vaccination at the planned session site, will be tested under the leadership of district magistrate. The dry run will also familiarize the state, district, block and hospital-level officers on all aspects of the COVID-19 rollout. This activity will help administrators in strengthening the linkages between planning, implementation and reporting mechanisms, identification of any residual challenges prior to the actual implementation and to provide confidence to the programme managers at all levels to carry out a smooth implementation of the vaccination drive,” it added.
During the drill, the ministry will be in constant touch with the states/UTs to seek feedback and provide support and ensure timely resolution of the identified challenges before the actual vaccination roll-out.
Around 1.7 lakh vaccinators and 3 lakh vaccination team members have been trained on the process.