COVID-19 vaccine dry run; On 31 December 2020, the Union Health Minister said that on January 2, a dry run for coronavirus vaccination will take place throughout India.
The Central Government has formulated orders for over 83 crore syringes for procurement. Likewise, bids for approximately 35 crore syringes were also accepted.
Central Government Press Release
The Central government announced, “These will be used for Covid-19 vaccination and also for the Universal Immunization Programme.”
Besides this, all states have been asked by the central government to prepare for the push of the Covid-19 vaccine. With all the States/UTs, the Health Secretary chaired a high-level conference.
The government stated in a press release, “Intending to gear up for the roll-out of Covid-19 vaccine across the country, the Central Government has asked all States and UTs to ensure effective preparedness for the vaccine roll-out.
Union Health Secretary Rajesh Bhushan today chaired a high-level meeting to review the preparedness at session sites for Covid-19 vaccination with Pr. Secretaries (Health), NHM MDs and other health administrators of all States/UTs through video conference.”
COVID-19 Vaccine Dry Run
“The dry run will be conducted by all the State and UT governments on 2nd January 2021 (Saturday).
The activity is proposed to be conducted in all State Capitals in at least 3 session sites; some States will also include districts that are situated in difficult terrain/have poor logistical support; Maharashtra and Kerala are likely to schedule the dry run in major cities other than their Capital,” it said.
According to the Government, the purpose of dry running is to in the field setting of the use of the Co-WIN method, to test the ties between preparation and execution, to recognise the obstacles and to guide the way forward before the actual implementation.
“This will also give confidence to programme managers at various levels,” it announced.
PM’s Video Conference
Prime Minister Narendra Modi stated new infection rates are on the decrease in the nation, however, after vaccination, individuals must not let their guard down and continue to adhere to Covid-19 requirements.
“I used to say ‘jab tak davai nahi dhilai nahi’ but now our mantra for 2021 should be: Davai bhi, kadaai bhi (yes to medicine and yes to caution),” the Prime Minister said in the video conference.
Conversing through a video conferencing after laying the AIIMS foundation stone in Rajkot, he evoked faith that India is ready to carry out the world’s largest coronavirus vaccination campaign.