GUWAHATI: The two-day run for the coronavirus vaccine program started on Monday morning in Assam along with three other states of Andhra Pradesh, Punjab and Gujarat.
The dry run focused on the management of possible adverse events after immunisation, and the ‘mock drill’ included checks on cold storage and transportation arrangements.
In every state, the program was slated to be conducted in two districts each. In Assam, the drive was conducted in Nalbari and Sonitpur districts.
The exercise included necessary data entry into Co-WIN, an online platform for monitoring vaccine delivery, testing receipt and allocation, deployment of team members, mock drill of session sites with test beneficiaries, as well as reporting.
All the states were directed to report the observations – recorded during the program – to the Centre.
AEFI (Adverse Event Following Immunisation) panels will be formed and treatment centres will also be identified if the vaccine triggers an adverse response in any of the beneficiaries.
The Centre has planned to cover 30 crore people in the first phase when it rolls out a vaccine for coronavirus. A total of 2,360 training sessions have been held so far, and 7,000 officials have been trained, including medical officers and vaccinators.
Assam so far has recorded a total of 215939 Covid positive cases out of which over 97 percent people have already recovered. At least 1037 people have died in the state till the filing of this report.