COVID vaccine dry run begins in Kerala

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Minister KK Shailaja reached Peroorkada hospital and evaluated the state of affairs. She stated that the state is ready for vaccine distribution.

Dry run of the Covid vaccine held at Peroorkada District Model Hospital in the presence of Health Minister K K Shailaja and MLA V K Prasanth | Mathrubhumi

Thiruvananthapuram: COVID vaccine dry run started in 4 districts of the state. Dry run will be organised at selected hospitals in Idukki, Palakkad, Wayanad and Thiruvananthapuram districts till 11 am on Saturday.

Poozhanadu Primary Health Centre, Peroorkada District Model Hospital, KIMS Hospital are the selected hospitals in Thiruvananthapuram. Vazhathoppu Primary Health Centre in Idukki, Nenmara Community Health Centre in Palakkad and Kurukkamula Primary Health Centre in Wayanad have been selected for dry run.

25 health workers will take part in the dry run from each hospital. Minister KK Shailaja reached Peroorkada hospital and evaluated the state of affairs. She said that the state is ready for vaccine distribution.

The vaccines will be kept in storage rooms and will be taken out carefully before filling it into a syringe. Apart from the actual vaccination, everything else will be tried out at the dry run.

The spokespersons of Union Ministry of Health had made it clear during a high level meeting held on Thursday that COVID vaccine dry run will be held in all states from January 2. Earlier, dry run was held successfully at Krishna in Andhra Pradesh, Rajkot and Gandhi Nagar in Gujarat, Ludhiana and Shaheed Bhagat Singh Nagar in Punjab and Sonitpur and Nalbari in Assam.

The dry run includes various processes such as arranging technical setup for COVID vaccine distribution, uploading data, matters related to vaccination in districts, deploying vaccination teams, delivering materials in session sites, mock drill of vaccination, reporting and analysis in block-district-state levels.

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