The Union Health Secretary chaired a high-level meeting with all states and Union Territories to discuss the dry run for the covid vaccine in all states. This is the second dry run being conducted in the country — the first was held on December 28 and 29 in Assam, Andhra Pradesh, Punjab, and Gujarat and had gone off without a hitch, the health ministry said.
Around 96,000 vaccinators have been trained for this, the health ministry said. Of these, 2,360 participants have been trained in National Training of Trainers and over 57,000 with district-level training in 719 districts.
The dry run will be conducted at selective places in each state, sources told NDTV. It will be conducted in at least three sites of each state capital. Some states will have to include districts situated in difficult terrain or have poor logistical support. Maharashtra and Kerala are likely to schedule the dry run in major cities other than their capitals.
The process, in which 25 health workers will receive dummy Covid vaccines at each spot, is meant to test the mechanisms and reveal possible gaps in the system ahead of the actual vaccination drive. The health ministry said this drive will also test the operational feasibility in the use of Co-WIN application in field environment.
“An important focus of the dry run will be on the management of any possible adverse events following immunization,” read a statement from the ministry.