Harsh Vardhan visits Delhi’s GTB hospital to review dry run drill of COVID-19 vaccine

New Delhi: Union Health Minister Dr Harsh Vardhan arrived at Guru Teg Bahadur (GTB) hospital on Saturday to review the dry run of administering the COVID-19 vaccine.

He appealed people to not pay attention to rumours regarding the covid vaccine. He further ensured the safety and efficacy of vaccine saying that it is “our priority.”

He also mentioned about the rumours that was spread during the polio immunisation.

The dry run will be conducted by all the States and Union Territories governments from Saturday.

According to the Ministry of Health & Family Welfare (MoHFW), the objective of the dry run for COVID-19 vaccine introduction is to “assess operational feasibility in the use of COVID Vaccine Intelligence Network (Co-WIN) application in a field environment, to test the linkages between planning and implementation and to identify the challenges and guide the way forward prior to actual implementation”.

In Delhi, the drive is being conducted at three locations – the Daryaganj primary health centre, the government-run Guru Teg Bahadur hospital, and the private Venkateshwara hospital.

Preparation is underway for the dry run of administering the COVID19 vaccine at Area Hospital, Nampally in Hyderabad.

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In Maharashtra, the dry run of administering the COVID19 vaccine will be conducted at District Hospital in Pune.

“Data of healthcare workers from Maharashtra has been uploaded on CoWIN,” said District Civil Surgeon.

The first round of the dry run was conducted in Andhra Pradesh, Assam, Gujarat, Punjab on 28-29 December 2020 in two districts each where five-session sites with 25 beneficiaries each were identified. No major issues were observed in the operational aspects during this dry run. All States expressed confidence in the operational guidelines and IT platform for large scale programme implementation.

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