COVID-19 vaccine | Centre gears up for roll out of COVID-19 vaccine, dry run for vaccine administration in 4 states next week


Key Highlights

  • Detailed checklist has been prepared by the Union health Ministry and shared with Andhra Pradesh, Assam, Gujarat and Punjab to guide them in the dry run
  • State level trainings completed in all States/UTs with participation of more than 7000 district level trainees
  • 3 crore prioritised population will be vaccinated first

New Delhi: The Central Government is gearing up for the roll-out of COVID-19 vaccine across the country and a dry run has been planned in Andhra Pradesh, Assam, Gujarat, Punjab considering the geographical locations.

The government has already trained participants who will administer the vaccine has been taken up across various states.

To strengthen India’s capacity for COVID-19 vaccine introduction and roll-out, the government has prepared detailed training modules for different categories of vaccine handlers and administrators including medical officers, vaccinators, alternate vaccinators, cold chain handlers, supervisors, data managers, ASHA coordinators and all others involved in the implementation process at different levels, the government release said.

Dry run in AP, Assam, Gujarat, Punjab on Dec 28-29

“The training includes all operational aspects of training like the organization of vaccination sessions, use of Co-WIN IT platform for the management of the entire vaccination process, deployment of HR Cold chain preparedness, Management of adverse events, communications and intersectoral coordination, biomedical waste management, infection prevention protocols etc,” the release stated.

If people have queries on COVID-19 vaccination or Co-WIN portal, national (1075) and state (104) Helpline capacities have been strengthened.

As part of the dry run, each state will plan it in two districts with a preference on conducting five sessions in different sessions like district hospital, CHC/PHC, urban site, private health facility or in rural areas.

National, state helpline strengthened 

This exercise will enable end-to-end mobilization and testing of COVID-19 vaccination process and check the usage of Co-WIN in field environment apart from providing a hands-on experience to programme managers at various levels.

“This two-day activity is planned on 28th and 29th December 2020, and will include activities from the necessary data entries in Co-WIN to vaccine receipt and allocation to the deployment of team members, mock drill of session sites with test beneficiaries to reporting and evening meeting,” the release stated.

Present cold chain system to be utilised to store vaccine 

As vaccines are temperature sensitive, this exercise will also include testing for cold storage and transportation arrangements for COVID-19 vaccine, management of crowd at the session sites with proper physical distancing.

For storing the vaccine, the government will be dependent on its present cold chain system consisting of 85,634 equipments for storage of vaccine at about 28,947 cold chain points across the country.

The current cold chain is capable of storing an additional quantity of coronavirus vaccine required for the population of 3 crore people like frontline workers, healthcare professionals who will be vaccinated first. 


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