COVID-19 Vaccine Dry Run Held In Kashmir

SRINAGAR: A dry run to check the best way to vaccinate people against COVID-19 and plug loopholes in logistics and training was held in Srinagar, Kulgam and Jammu on Saturday.

Financial Commissioner Health & Medical Education, Atal Dulloo, inaugurated and monitored the sessions of administration of Covid-19 vaccination to the beneficiaries at the selected sites.

Nurses displaying the COVID vaccine kit during a dry run conducted by Health department Kashmir at UPSC Nishat on January 2, 2021. KL Image by Bilal Bahadur

This day-long drive tested the operational feasibility in the use of CoWIN application in a field environment. Short for Covid Vaccine Intelligence Network, CoWIN is a digital platform to roll out and scale up the vaccination drive.

The massive exercise comes a day after a panel of government-appointed experts recommended approval for the Oxford COVID-19 vaccine, manufactured by Serum Institute of India, to the regulator Drugs Control Authority of India.

At Jammu, the vaccination was administered at the selected session sites at Government Hospital, Sarwal and Community Health Centres of Marh and Bishnah.

A health worker displaying the mobile application for COVID vaccine at UPHC Nishat on January 2, 2021.KL Image by Bilal Bahadur

At Srinagar, Director Health Services, Kashmir, Dr Samir Mattoo, supervised the administration of Covid -19 vaccination to the beneficiaries at Jawahar Lal Nehru Memorial Hospital and in the UPHCs of Nishat and Batamaloo respectively.

At Kulgam, the Covid-19 vaccination in Kulgam district was administered to beneficiaries at District Hospital Kulgam and Community Health Centres of Yaripora and Kujjar, where all the operational guidelines for COVID 19 vaccination roll out were followed in dry run activities.

Financial Commissioner informed that all protocols pertaining to vaccinations were strictly followed in all the three districts and elaborated that 3 rooms, as per the guidelines, designated for Covid-19 vaccination were set-up. These rooms included the Waiting room, Vaccination room and the Observation room.

Health workers at UPSC Nishat in Srinagar after the dry run of Covid-19 vaccination on January 2, 2021.KL Image by Bilal Bahadur

Dullo informed that 25 beneficiaries from each vaccination site were pre-identified and uploaded on to the Cowin portal. Also, 5 members Trained Vaccination Team already uploaded on COWIN App was present with pre-designated roles and responsibilities.

Besides, special attention was also given to AEFI Management and on disposal of Bio-Medical Waste.

Meanwhile, the functioning of COWIN App, on which all beneficiaries are going to be uploaded, was demonstrated to Media personnel.

Director Health Services, Jammu, Dr Renu Sharma and Director of Health and Family Welfare supervised the Covid-19 dry-run on beneficiaries.

Later, a meeting of UT Level Task force was chaired by the Financial Commissioner who had feedback from all the districts regarding the vaccination. He directed all the officers to resolve all the issues identified in today’s mock drill.

Meanwhile, district-level task force meetings were also conducted at all the districts which were chaired by Deputy Commissioners of the respective districts.

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