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Wear a face mask.

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The second nationwide dry run on the Covid 19 vaccination will be held today. The massive mock drill will be held in 736 districts across 33 States and Union Territories. The objective of this dry run is to simulate the actual vaccine administration event. The entire planning of the vaccination drive, including beneficiary registration, microplanning and vaccination at the planned session site, will be tested under the leadership of District Collector or District Magistrate. The dry run will also familiarize the State, District, Block and Hospital level officers on all aspects of COVID-19 vaccine roll out. Our correspondent reports that around one lakh 70 thousand vaccinators and three lakh vaccination team members have been trained on the process to be followed at the vaccination sites.

“The country’s drugs regulator has approved Covishield and Covaxin for restricted emergency use in the country. The first round of dry run was held across the country on 2nd of this month. The exercise is being done to ensure efficient planning and management for vaccine delivery in each district. The second dry run will be held in 736 districts across 33 States and Union Territories except Uttar Pradesh and Haryana. Each district will identify three types of session sites, similar to the previous dry run including a public health facility, private health facility and rural or urban outreach sites. With Dipendra Kumar, Anupam Mishra AIR News, Delhi.”

As the country prepares for the COVID-19 vaccine roll out, Union Health Minister Dr. Harsh Vardhan will be visiting Tamil Nadu today to personally review the preparedness and oversee the dry run operations at the scheduled sites.

“Stage is set ready for the second dry run for Covid 19 vaccine today. The arrangement is to vaccinate 100 persons per day. The State has put 51 walk in coolers and will start the vaccination as soon as the Centre gives the approval. Out of the total stock of 33 lakh syringes approved by the Centre in the first phase, the State Government has received 28 lakh syringes. The State already has a stock of 17 lakh syringes for the purpose. The syringes have been sent to 45 ware houses in the districts a day ago. In the first phase six lakh health care workers in the Government, private sector and armed forces would receive the vaccination. While 47 thousand vaccine sites were readied, the health care workers would be covered at nearly three thousand sites with 100 persons a day. The first dry run was conducted successfully at 17 centres in five districts on the 2nd of this month. Joy, Air News, Chennai.”

Yesterday, Dr Harsh Vardhan interacted with the Health Ministers and Principal Secretaries of the States and Union Territories through video conferencing to review the preparedness for the dry run.

The Union Health Minister also expressed gratitude to the scientific community who have worked tirelessly for the two vaccines which have recently received the Emergency Use Authorization.

The Health Minister highlighted the unique digital platform, Co-WIN, repurposed from the e-VIN platform that will provide real time information of vaccine stocks, their storage temperature and individualized tracking of beneficiaries of the COVID-19 vaccine. He stated that more than 78 lakh, beneficiaries have been already registered on the platform.

The Minister reassured all his State counterparts that the country’s cold chain infrastructure has been sufficiently upgraded to ensure last mile delivery and that adequate supplies of syringes and other logistics have also been provided for. Dr Harsh Vardhan requested the Health Ministers to be vigilant against rumours and disinformation campaigns regarding the safety and efficacy of the, vaccine.