COVID: J&K to conduct dry run at 9 sites in 3 districts today
Jammu: A dry run to assess preparedness to roll out the COVID-19 vaccination drive will be conducted in three districts in Jammu and Kashmir on Saturday.
The vaccine dry run is an end-to-end exercise where all steps to be done during the actual vaccination drive will be tested to identify if there is any gap in the process or if any region of the country is experiencing any difficulty in the entire process.
On the directions of centre, all the state governments and union territories have prepared for the Covid-19 vaccine dry run on Saturday which will be a trial before the actual vaccination drive begins in India. Assam, Andhra Pradesh, Punjab and Gujarat have successfully conducted dry run in the first phase.
Union health minister Harsh Vardhan on Friday held a meeting to review the preparedness.
“The dry run will be conducted in three centers in each of the three districts, namely Srinagar, Jammu and Kulgam,” an official associated with preparation said.
“District hospital, community health centres (CHCs) and primary health centres (PHCs) have been selected as centres for the exercise which will start from 10 am onwards and 25 people will be part of the dry run in each centre,” he added
He informed that in district Jammu the dry will conducted in Community Health Centre (CHC) Marh, Bishanah and Sarwal Hospital. “In district Srinagar, the dry run will be conducted in UPHC, Nishat, JLNM Hospital and UPHC Batamaloo while in district Kulgam the dry run will be conducted in District Hospital Kulgam, CHC Yaripora and CHC Kujjar,” he added.
“During the mock drill, assessment of cold chain management, vaccine supply, storage and logistics along with management of entry, registration, vaccination and observation of persons who will be administered the vaccine, will be carried out,” he added.
The time taken in administering vaccine to one-person right from his/her registration in the Co-WIN application, developed by the Union Ministry of Health and Family Welfare for coronavirus vaccination, will also be checked, he added.
Once the vaccine is available, 28 lakh high risk people will be administered it in the three phases of roll out.