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Covid-19 vaccination drill begins in 4 states

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Health and grassroots personnel in four states, one each in the county’s east, north, west and south, conducted coronavirus vaccination drills Monday, testing the core technology platform, transportation arrangements, and methods for monitoring and reporting serious side effects. .

The exercise was carried out in the Sonitpur and Nalbari districts in Assam, Rajkot and Gandhinagar in Gujarat, Ludhiana and Shaheed Bhagat Singh Nagar (Nawanshahr) in Punjab and the Krishna district in Andhra Pradesh. More drills will be held on Tuesday.

The exercise comes at a time when drug regulators are expected to make a decision on emergency approval to pave the way for the first injections. The country aims to deliver doses, probably in a regimen of two, to 300 million people by the summer, one of the most important logistics exercises to take place outside of elections.

According to officials familiar with the process, Monday’s drills primarily focused on testing the Co-Win digital platform, but transportation, cold storage, and crowd management at vaccination centers were also assessed.

“All states faced two generic issues that we are trying to solve: One was during the adverse event reporting where staff originally had to wait for the full 100-person session to end before they could upload the information …

“Another that has been seen is the PIN code mapping against villages; If the PIN code is not mapped in the application, the ground personnel will have to do it manually after due verification with the address mentioned by the beneficiary. There is always a margin of error when checking something manually, so we will make sure that all PIN codes are mapped, ”said a senior health ministry official, who asked not to be identified.

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In the case of the first problem, this person explained, authorities would have to wait until all 100 people in a session are vaccinated before they can report side effects, which could lead to a delay. “Therefore, it was decided to make modifications to the application to allow real-time feed of the post-vaccination adverse event report,” the official said.

According to the Krishna district collector Imtiaz Ahmed, drills for the vaccination centers were carried out in teams of five. “In total, three chambers were identified for the exercise: beneficiary registration in the first chamber, vaccination in the second chamber, and evaluation in the third chamber,” he said.

There were five vaccination centers for the drill in the district, with 25 health workers.

The exercise was videotaped at all five centers. “The reports will be sent to the working groups at the state and district levels,” Ahmed said, adding that the state working group will review the comments to guide future actions and send them to the ministry of health and family welfare of the Union.

Covid-19 vaccination drill begins in 4 states

An official in Punjab said that while Monday’s exercise included a mock registration of volunteers, Tuesday is when they will be called in for the mock vaccination.

“On the first day of the trial, 25 health beneficiaries were called in at each site to verify data entry in the Co-WIN application, which is the online portal for monitoring vaccine delivery,” said the node officer of Punjab for Covid-19. Dr. Rajesh Bhaskar.

Data from 300 health beneficiaries was entered into the portal and all beneficiaries received a message on their mobile phones about the successful registration, Bhaskar said.

“The successful registration also showed the proper creation of session sites and their assignment, linking and administration. Now, on Tuesday, these 300 recipients will visit assigned sites in their district for online verification. After completing the verification, we will enter the data in the Co-WIN application that they have successfully reported to the health center. Once we will give them the vaccine injections, we will enter that the vaccine has been delivered to the health beneficiary, to avoid failure or repetition, “he said.

“The trial is an exercise to evaluate the entire vaccination process in terms of how it will reach the end user through our cold chains,” he added. “We will identify the challenges, once the unit is complete. We will make changes to the plan, if necessary, so that the final process is completed without fail, ”he added.

The initial target of 300 million includes people who are deemed to need the coronavirus vaccine as soon as possible. These include healthcare personnel and frontline workers, such as police and firefighters, who are followed by people older than 50 and younger, but with comorbid conditions that put them at higher risk for a serious outcome or fatal of Covid- 19.

(With input from HTC in Chandigarh and Hyderabad)

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