Ahead of Covid vaccine roll out, second nation-wide dry run to take place on Jan 8

at 3:35 pm
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New Delhi (NVI): Ahead of the coronavirus vaccine roll out in the country, another dry run will take place on January 8 across all States and Union Territories, the Union Health Minister today said.

A second mock drill will take place across all districts of the country, except in Uttar Pradesh and Haryana. While Uttar Pradesh has already conducted the dry run in all districts on January 5, Haryana is scheduled to organise the same on January 7.

Health Minister Harsh Vardhan stated that around 1.7 lakh vaccinators and three lakh vaccination team members have been trained to administer the coronavirus vaccine.

“#VaccinationUpdate In a massive country-wide exercise, another Mock Drill on COVID19 Vaccine administration to be conducted in all States & UTs on January 8, 2021. Around 1.7 lakh vaccinators & 3 lakh vaccination team members trained in vaccine administration,” Harsh Vardhan wrote on twitter.

Furthermore, Vardhan will also meet Health Ministers of all the States/Union Territories (UTs) today to guide them on the conduct of dry run.

The first dry run of the vaccination drive took place across 125 districts covering all States/UTs on January 2. It was conducted to familiarise the states, districts, blocks, and hospital-level officers on all aspects of the COVID-19 rollout.

The dry run is aimed at testing the laid out mechanisms for COVID-19 vaccination roll-out in the health system and to assess operational feasibility of using Co-WIN application in a field environment for planning, implementation, and reporting at the block, district, and state level.

Notably, on January 3, India had granted emergency approval to two Covid-19 vaccines — Covaxin, manufactured by Bharat Biotech, and Covishield, manufactured by Serum Institute of India.