AP, among 4 states to undertake Covid vaccination trial run
Andhrapradesh became one of the four states in which the union government is going to undertake trial run for Covid vaccination shortly. The government said it was gearing up for the rollout of the COVID-19 vaccine and a dry run has been planned in four states Andhra Pradesh, Assam, Gujarat, and Punjab. The Drugs Controller General of India (DCGI) is expected to grant an emergency use authorisation for at least one COVID-19 vaccine candidate in the coming week, news reports said. In a statement, the Ministry of Health and Family Welfare said that detailed training modules had been developed for different categories of vaccine handlers and administrators including medical officers, vaccinators, alternate vaccinators, cold chain handlers, supervisors, data managers, ASHA coordinators and others involved in the implementation process at various levels. The training includes operational aspects such as organising vaccination sessions, use of the Co-WIN IT platform, cold chain preparedness, managing adverse events, communication, biomedical waste management, and infection prevention protocols. The ministry said that it had strengthened the national 1075 and state 104 helpline capacities to help address queries on COVID-19 vaccination and the Co-WIN portal. A dry run has been planned for two days on December 28-29, 2020. On 28 December the medical teams would undertake vacchination in Krishna district as pilot project and six government hospitals and medicall colleges would be involved in the exercise. In this regard the government has sent a circular to concerned medical staff. Each of the four states – selected based on its location -- will plan the dry run in two districts and in different session type settings. These could be in a district hospital, urban site, private health facility and rural outreach, among others. “This exercise will 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 way forward prior to actual implementation including improvements that may be required in the envisaged process,” the government said in the statement.