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A Dry Run for Vaccine Distribution in the Nation’s Four Corners

From time to time, we update you about the work being undertaken with regards to the COVID-19 management and the COVID vaccine distribution, the thing that people eagerly await to put an end to their uncertainty.

A Dry Run

As a step to prep up the administration for the delivery of the COVID-19 vaccine, and to assess the readiness of the planned activities, a dry run has been planned in four states to start with, viz. Andhra Pradesh, Assam, Gujarat., and Punjab. These are spread in the four different corners of India as one can clearly see. The activity is planned for December 28 and 29, 2020.

Each State will plan it in two districts and preferably in different session type settings, for example, district hospital, CHC/PHC, urban site, private health facility, rural outreach etc.

The exercise will also check the usage of Co-WIN in field environment, the linkages between planning, implementation and reporting mechanisms, and identify challenges and guide way forward prior to actual implementation.

A typical dry run will include necessary data entries in Co-WIN to vaccine, receipt and allocation, deployment of team members, mock drill of session sites with test beneficiaries, reporting and evening meetings, cold storage and transportation arrangements for COVID19 vaccine, and management of crowd at the session sites with proper physical distancing.

What to do when an adverse event take place after the immunisation – such scenarios shall also be addressed in the drill to prepare for such eventualities.

The Overall Preparation for Vaccine Distribution

As vaccines are temperature sensitive and need to be stored in a specific temperature, the present cold chain system consisting of 85,634 equipment pieces for storage of vaccine at about 28,947 cold chain points across the country will be used. The current cold storage chain is capable of storing an additional quantity of COVID-19 vaccine required for the first 3 Crore prioritised population i.e Health Care Workers and frontline Workers.

2,360 participants were trained during national level Training of Trainers which comprised state immunization officers, cold chain officers, IEC officials, development partners etc. The State level trainings had been completed in all States/UTs with participation of more than 7,000 district level trainees.