India’s COVID vaccine drive: Dry Run Start from Today

The dummy drive for vaccination is taking place in 116 districts across 259 sites in various states and Union Territories

The central government had started conducted a dry run across the country to assess the preparedness to launch a COVID-19 vaccine. Union Health Minister Dr Harsh Vardhan had said that the Covid-19 vaccine will be provided free of cost across the country.

Who are prioritize for this vaccine
•             People above 50 years of age
•             People above and below 50 years of age, suffering from co-morbidities
•             Healthcare and frontline workers
The population in the age group of 50 and above – identified at around 26.5 crore – will be prioritised in every state, since the coronavirus has proved fatal, largely for the people in this age group.

States with a higher percentage of people with co-morbidities, like diabetes, hypertension, etc., will also be prioritised, since COVID-19 has proved fatal for people with these diseases. However, states with a higher percentage of people with chronic illnesses will also be given priority, regardless of whether the person suffering from any of those conditions is above 50 years of age or below.

So, for example, states like Maharashtra and Kerala will also be prioritised due to the higher number of recognised citizens who currently have diabetes
•             Apart from this 1 crore Healthcare workers
•             2 crore Frontline workers Frontline workers include police, home guard, prison staff, municipal workers, civil defence, disaster management workers, etc.
The dummy drive for vaccination is taking place in 116 districts across 259 sites in various states and Union Territories.
List of Places where this drive taken place
Guru TegBahadur Hospital in Shahdara; Urban Primary Health Centre in Daryaganj and Venkateshwar Hospital in Dwarka

The state is conducting a dry run in Patiala. The identified sites include - Government Medical College; Sadhbhavna Hospital; and the Community Health Centre in Shatrana.

The dry run is taking place at three health centers in Panchkula

Jammu and Kashmir:
The Dry run is taking place at 9 hospitals in 3 districts - Jammu, Srinagar, and Kulgam.

All the seven districts of Raipur, Surguja, Bilaspur, Rajnandgaon, Durg, Bastar, and Gaurela-Pendra-Marwahi (GPM).

Uttar Pradesh:
Sahara Hospital, RML Hospital, King George's Medical University, and SGPGI as well one centre each in Mall block and Malihabad block in Lucknow

Ranchi, East Singhbhum, Chatra, Palamu, and Pakur districts

Dahod, Bhavnagar, Valsad, and Anand districts

In Maharashtra, the drive is taking place at four districts--Pune, Nagpur, Jalna, and Nandurbar districts

In Karnataka, the drive is taking place at five locations-- Bengaluru (Urban), Belagavi, Kalaburagi, Mysuru, and Shivamogga districts.

In Kerala, the drive is taking place at four locations including Thiruvananthapuram, Idukki, Wayanad, and Palakkad districts.

Urban Primary Health Centres at Duttabad; Madhyagram and at Amdanga Rural Hospital in North 24 Parganas district.

This is the second dry run that is being conducted in India. Through this day-long exercise, the government wants to check the operational feasibility of Co-WIN (Covid Vaccine Intelligence Network) application in the field environment. In the Co-Win database to verifying the name of people, the ID Cards, everything will take place in the process. There will also be a setup of stepwise process in which the registration, verification, mock vaccination, and post-vaccine observation will take place. In the dry run activity, the health care workers can take part and it is reported that twenty-five health workers receive dummy vaccines at each spot as part of the dry run, which is meant to test the mechanisms and reveal possible loopholes in the system ahead of the actual vaccination drive. About 96,000 vaccinators have been trained for this vaccination plan. All state and UTs have been told to arrange the ground staff along with IT systems for the largest-ever campaign that aims to cover 30 crore people on a priority basis. The model sites will have separate entry and exit in a ‘three-room set-up’ with space outside for the purpose of generating awareness along with fully trained vaccination teams, the health ministry said.

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