In order to check the efficacy, accuracy and linkages between planning and implementation and to identify the challenges, a dry run for Covid-19 vaccination will be conducted by all state and union territory administrations on January 2. This has been announced by the center on Thursday.
The activity is proposed to be conducted in all state capitals.
“The objective of the dry run for Covid-19 vaccine introduction is to assess operational feasibility in the use of Co-WIN application in a field environment, to test the linkages between planning and implementation and to identify the challenges and guide way forward prior to actual implementation,” the ministry said.
“This is also expected to give confidence to program managers at various levels.”
Some states will also include districts that are located in difficult terrain and have poor logistical support. Maharashtra and Kerala are likely to schedule the dry run in major cities other than their capital, the Union Health Ministry said.
As per the health ministry, around 96,000 vaccinators have been trained for this activity. Of these, 2,360 participants have been trained in National Training of Trainers and over 57,000 with district level training in 719 districts.
In the process, 25 health workers will receive dummy Covid-19 vaccines at each spot, which will test the mechanisms and reveal possible gaps in the system ahead of the actual vaccination drive.
The health ministry said this drive will also test the operational feasibility in the use of Co-WIN application in field environments.
The nationwide dry run comes amid anticipation of a launch of a vaccine in the New Year. “Probably we will have a new year with something in hand,” said Dr. VG Somani, the country’s Drugs Controller General.