COVID-19 vaccine dry run starts across India
India has kickstarted the dry run of COVID-19 vaccination on Saturday, a day after a panel of government-appointed experts recommended Drugs Control Authority of India for the approval of the Serum Institute of India (SII)-manufactured Oxford COVID-19 vaccine.
This is the second dry run. The first was held in Assam, Andhra Pradesh, Gujarat and Punjab from December 28 to 29. According to reports, the activity would be conducted in all state capitals in at least three sites, and some states will also include remote districts. For bigger states, the dry run will be conducted in other bigger states apart from their capital city.
The day-long drive will provide hands-on experience to programme managers at various levels. It will also test the operational feasibility CoWIN (Covid Vaccine Intelligence Network), a digital platform to roll out and scale up the vaccination drive.
A team of four people – one to check the documents, one to check registration, one to monitor the person, and one to control the crowd — will be present on site.
The dry run is being conducted in 116 districts across 259 sites. Health Ministry said that around 96,000 vaccinators have been trained for this. Of these, 2,360 participants have been trained in the National Training of Trainers.
25 health workers will also receive dummy vaccines at each spot, to test the mechanisms and reveal possible gaps in the system ahead of the actual vaccination drive.
"An important focus of the dry run will be on management of any possible adverse events following immunization," read a Health Ministry statement.