Mumbai: The central government is gearing up for the roll-out of the 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 be vaccinated in various states.
To strengthen India’s capacity for COVID-19 vaccine introduction and roll-out, the government has designed detailed training modules for various categories of vaccine handlers and administrators including Medical Officer, Vaccinator, Alternative Vaccine, Cold Chain Handler, Supervisor, data manager, ASHA coordinator. And all others are involved in the implementation process at various levels, the government released.
“Training includes all operational aspects of training such as the organization of immunization sessions, use of CO-Win IT platform to manage the entire vaccination process, deployment of HR cold chain preparedness, management of adverse events, communication and inter-sectoral coordination, biomedical, waste management, infection prevention protocols, etc,” the release stated.
People have been questioned on the potential of COVID-19 vaccination or Co-WIN portal, national (1075) and state (104) helplines.
During the national-level training of trainers, 2,360 participants were trained, including State Immunization Officers, Cold Chain Officers, IEC Officers, and Development Partners.
To date, state-level training has been completed in all states and union territories (union territories), with the participation of more than 7,000 district-level trainees, excluding Lakshadweep, to be held on December 29.
“Cascading, 681 districts (49,604 trainees) have completed training of medical officers on operational guidelines. Vaccination team training has been completed in 1,399 out of 17,831 blocks/planning units. It is running in other blocks.
To facilitate the redressal of questions related to COVID-19 vaccination and co-winner portal, the state’s national 1075 and 104 helpline capacity has also been strengthened to address questions beyond their regular support.
As a step towards preparing for the administration of the COVID-19 vaccine and assessing the readiness of planned activities, given the geographical location, Andhra Pradesh, Assam, Gujarat, Punjab considering the geographical locations.
“Each state has it in two districts and preferably in different five-session type settings e.g. district hospital, CHC / PHC, urban site, private health facility, rural outreach, etc,” it added.
In Punjab, Ludhiana and Shaheed Bhagat Singh Nagar have been selected for the COVID-19 vaccine dry run, which will be held there from 27 to 29 January.
This practice will enable end-to-end mobilization and testing of the COVID-19 vaccination process and examine the use of co-win in field environments, in addition to providing experience to program managers at various levels.
“This two-day activity is planned on 28 and 29 December 2020, and includes co-win essential data entries ranging from vaccine receipt and allocation for the deployment of team members, mock drill to session sites with test beneficiaries for reporting Will include activities like And evening meeting,” the release said.
Since vaccines are temperature sensitive, this practice will include testing for cold storage and transport systems for the Kovid-19 vaccine, managing congestion at session sites with appropriate physical disturbances.
For vaccine storage, the government will rely on its current cold chain system consisting of 85,634 devices for vaccine storage at approximately 28,947 cold chain points across the country.
The current cold chain is able to store an additional amount of coronavirus vaccine needed for a population of 30 million people, such as frontline workers, healthcare professionals who will be vaccinated first.