Tripura: Second COVID-19 vaccine dry run at 152 session sites
Agartala: After successfully conducting the dry run at three session sites in Tripura, the National Health Mission (NHM) will conduct the second phase of mock drill across eight districts, said NHM director Dr Siddharth Shiv Jaiswal here on Thursday.
Speaking in a press conference, Jaiswal said that a total of 152 health facilities have been identified as immunisation centres or session sites.
These include 30 centres in the West district, 9 in Khowai, 18 in Sepahijala, 17 in Gomati, 26 in the South, 21 in Dhalai, 13 in Unakoti and 18 in North Tripura district.
“A total of 211 teams have already been trained for vaccination. Out of these, 152 teams have been given the responsibility of vaccination centres. District task force meetings have been held in all the districts under the leadership of the district magistrate”, Jaiswal said.
He also informed that the review committee would prepare a full report on Friday and submit it to the state NHM office, which will then be handed over to the central government for evacuation.
A monitoring team has also been formed with officials from the National Health Mission, UNDP, WHO and others, who will visit the centres on Friday.
“After a dry run program, all the data will be registered experimentally in the 'Co-WIN' mobile application. During the dry run, the officials will review the effectiveness of the application”, Jaiswal added.
In the first phase, around 45,420 health care workers would be vaccinated. This will be followed by the frontline workers, including the police, armed forces, municipal workers will be vaccinated in the second phase. Templates for the data collection were forwarded to the urban department, home department and CAPF nodal.
The cold chain spaces have been prepared, and additional 102 ice lined refrigerators (ILRs), and 16 numbers of the deep fridge would arrive soon from the centre. Presently, the vaccination storage can meet the 20 per cent population demand. A toll-free number—18003453797 will be available to answer the queries of the people.
The state officials during a video conference with the union health minister Dr Harsh Vardhan on Thursday requested for the early sanction of eight refrigerator vans to carry the vaccines across the state.
The emergency use authorization has been given to two vaccines—Co-vaccine and Covid-shield, but when would they be supplied is yet to be ascertained. We will receive the vaccines from Kolkata depot.
He also said that during the first phase of dry-run on January 2, out of the 81 persons enrolled, 12 persons did not receive the message to remain present for vaccination.
“In case adverse effects following immunization (AEFI) training have been done for the health workers to handle the patients and if required a kit having medicines will be provided. The patients would be referred to higher centres for which dedicated ambulance would be allocated”, Jaiswal said.