Dry run for COVID-19 Vaccination successfully conducted in four states

India has successfully carried out a two-day dry run in four states. The Ministry of Health and Family Welfare on Tuesday announced that the dry run for COVID-19 vaccination has been successfully conducted in Punjab, Gujarat, Andhra Pradesh and Assam.

“Union Ministry of Health & Family Welfare conducted a two-day dry run for activities entailed in Covid-19 vaccination in four states Assam, Andhra Pradesh, Punjab and Gujarat on 28th and 29th December 2020,” according to the statement.

The two-day end-to-end dry run was undertaken in Krishna district in Andhra Pradesh, Rajkot and Gandhinagar in Gujarat, Ludhiana and Shaheed Bhagat Singh Nagar (Nawanshahr) in Punjab and Sonitpur and Nalbari districts in Assam.

District Collector with engagement of district and block task force were made responsible for conducting the dry run and it was expected to provide insights on any gaps or bottle-necks during actual conduct of vaccination, the statement said.

Specific teams were formed for various tasks by the district administration and activities like uploading of dummy beneficiary’s data, session site creation, vaccine allocation, communication vaccination details to vaccinators & beneficiaries, beneficiary mobilization were carried out.

Field feedback on the first day of dun run was also reviewed on Dec 29, through Video conferencing with State & District Programme officers by Joint Secretary (Public Health). 

“All states expressed satisfaction in terms of the operational approach and use of IT platform to ensure transparency and effective monitoring of vaccination processes expected to cover a large number of people across the country. Additional suggestions on IT platform were also noted for further enhancement of  Co-WIN platform,” the Ministry said.

The government said detailed insights and feedback so obtained will help enrich the operational guidelines and IT platform and will strengthen the Covid-19 vaccination roll out plan.