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Coronavirus vaccination begins in Andhra Pradesh in first phase of dry run

First phase of dry run for Coronavirus vaccination begins in Andhra Pradesh Gujarat, Punjab and Assam

The dry run for COVID-19 vaccination has begun in India. In the first phase, four states – Andhra Pradesh, Gujarat, Punjab and Assam began the two day exercise from today. The aim of the exercise is to identify challenges and make required changes in the plan so that the final process becomes foolproof.

The Health Ministry said, this two day exercise will provide a hands-on experience to programme managers at various levels. This will also enable end-to-end mobilisation and testing of COVID-19 vaccination process, except the vaccine and check the usage of Co-WIN in field environment, the linkages between planning, implementation and reporting mechanisms and identify challenges and guide the way forward prior to actual implementation including improvements that may be required in the envisaged process.

The Ministry said, an important focus of the dry run will be on management of any possible adverse events following immunisation. The mock drill will include concurrent monitoring and review at the block and district levels, and preparation of feedback to be shared with the State and Union Health Ministry.

Dr. Neeraj Gupta from Vardhman Mahavir Medical College and Safdarjung Hospital in New Delhi, explains about the dry run.

Dr. Gupta also urged people not to take the infection lightly even after vaccine is introduced and take all precautions to stay safe and healthy.

In Punjab, the dry run for COVID-19 vaccination began today. AIR correspondent reports the dry run is being conducted in SBS Nagar and Ludhiana districts of the state.

The Civil Surgeon of SBS Nagar district Dr Rajendra Prasad Bhatia told our correspondent, the dry run is going on at five places in the vaccination session sites, set up in the district. He said that the data of all the beneficiaries identified for the first phase of vaccination has been uploaded on the COVID-19 Vaccination Portal.

He said that at each session sites during the dry run the process for vaccination of 25 persons would be checked. He said, the messages have been sent to the beneficiaries and supervisors on COVIN-portal.


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