Jammu: The Jammu and Kashmir government has almost completed its preparation for vaccine drive as centre is mulling to authorize emergency use of vaccines for COVID-19.
Official sources told The Dispatch, the Jammu and Kashmir government will vaccinate 28-lakh people in three phases after the availability of vaccine.
“The government has prepared data bank of around 1 Lakh health workers, who will be vaccinated in the first phase after the availability,” he said.
He added that in the second phase around 7 lakh frontline workers including security personnel and others.
“In the third phase, 20-lakh high risk people with comorbidities will be vaccinated,” he said.
“To make this drive successful, government has identified around 4,000 vaccination sites. There are more than 5,000 trained vaccinators and 19,000 potential vaccinators under the COVID vaccination programme,” he said.
He informed that the capacity of administering 100 vaccines per site per day — cumulating to a capacity to deliver 4.5 lakh vaccines daily — has been fixed.
He added that the the cold chain and logistics assessment for the COVID-19 vaccine has been done, and the union territory has 987 ice-lined refrigerators (ILR),795 deep freezers, 11 solar refrigerators, five walk-in coolers and one walk-in freezers.
Apart from this, the Jammu and Kashmir Lieutenant Governor Manoj Sinha launched the ‘Electronic Vaccine Intelligence Network’ (eVIN).
eVIN is a web-based system consists of mobile and web-based application for cold chain handlers which embraces technology to effectively manage real-time stock inventory, maintenance of temperature at all levels of cold chain hence maintaining the potency of the vaccines.
This application also helps in accessing vaccine requirements, emergency management of vaccine logistics, route planning of vaccines, and stock reallocation, the release stated.
Twenty Vaccine Logistics and Cold Chain Managers (VCCMs) have been appointed in each district of the Union Territory while two project officers and one senior project officer are in place post-induction.
The release informed that the standardised stock and distribution registers have been dispersed across all districts along with data entry both in eVIN and registers is underway.