COVID-19 Vaccine Rollout: Dry Run Successfully Conducted In Four States

New Delhi: The dry run to test preparedness for the roll out of the COVID-19 vaccine, which kicked off on Monday in four States across the country, was concluded successfully, the Ministry of Health and Family Welfare said on Tuesday.

The two-day end-to-end dry run was carried out in Krishna district of Andhra Pradesh, Rajkot, and Gandhinagar in Gujarat, Ludhiana, and Shaheed Bhagat Singh Nagar (Nawanshahr) in Punjab and Sonitpur and Nalbari districts in Assam.

the Ministry of Health and Family Welfare said, the dry run exercise is aimed at end-to-end testing of COVID-19 vaccination process and will include planning & preparations as per the Operational Guidelines; creation of facilities & users on Co-WIN application, session site creation & mapping of sites, Health Care Workers (HCW) data upload, receipt of vaccines and vaccine allocation by the district, session planning, deployment of vaccination team, logistics mobilization at session site, mock drill of conducting vaccination and reporting and review meetings at block, districts and state level.

The objective of dry the run is also to undertake and confirm field implementation of IT platform Co-WIN and guide way forward prior to actual implementation.

“District Collector with the engagement of district and block task force were made responsible for conducting the dry run and it was expected to provide insights on any gaps or bottlenecks during actual conduct of vaccination.

Specific teams were formed for various tasks by the district administration and activities like uploading of dummy beneficiary’s data, session site creation, vaccine allocation, communication vaccination details to vaccinators& beneficiaries, beneficiary mobilization were carried out, the department said.

“Field feedback on the first day of dry run was also reviewed on today through Video conferencing with State & District Programme officers by Joint Secretary (Public Health).

All states expressed satisfaction in terms of the operational approach and use of IT platform to ensure transparency and effective monitoring of vaccination processes expected to cover a large number of people across the country. Additional suggestions on IT platform were also noted for further enhancement of Co-WIN platform, ” it added.