Dry Run For COVID-19 Vaccination Updates: Drill underway in all states.New Delhi: A dry run to prepare for the rollout of COVID-vaccine is being conducted by all the states and Union Territories today. 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 field environment, to test the linkages between planning and implementation and to identify the challenges and guide way forward prior to actual implementation," according to a statement by the Union Health Ministry. This is also expected to give confidence to programme managers at various levels, it said.Union Health Minister Harsh Vardhan reviewed the dry run exercise in a Delhi hospital and said there should be no misconceptions about the safety of the coronavirus vaccine that India plans to use as "everything has been checked in detail"."There should be no rumours about the vaccine's safety...Everything has been checked in detail. Initially when the polio vaccine was rolled out, even then rumours had floated. But once it went on the floor, all people were assured about the safety," he said..Dr Harsh Vardhan had on Friday chaired a high-level meeting to review preparedness at session sites across the country for COVID-19 vaccination trial run on Saturday and said just like preparations during elections, each member of medical teams should be trained responsibly.The minister urged every official to ensure that the vaccination sites and officials in-charge abide by the detailed checklist and Standard Operating Protocols (SOPs) for vaccination that has been prepared by the Union Health Ministry.Today's exercise is the second dry run being conducted in the country - the first was on December 28 and 29 in Assam, Andhra Pradesh, Punjab and Gujarat.Here are the live updates on Covid Vaccine Dry Run:Jan 02, 2021 15:58 (IST)COVID-19 vaccination dry run a learning experience: Tamil Nadu governmentTamil Nadu on Saturday conducted a dry run at 17 centres for the rollout of COVID-19 vaccination that showed successful working of the processes involved and it was a learning experience as well, a top state health official said on Saturday.The exercise showed that all preparations were in ''ready'' mode for the roll-out of the COVID-19 vaccine in the state, Tamil Nadu Health Secretary J Radhakrishnan said, adding that overall, the processes worked successfully.The dry run was held at three centres each in the districts of Chennai, Tiruvallur, Nilgiris, Tirunelveli and five in Coimbatore."An initial learning was that the room earmarked for vaccination should be more spacious," the secretary told reporters, adding officials from the World Health Organisation (WHO) and United Nations Children's Fund (UNICEF) also witnessed the drive.Jan 02, 2021 15:30 (IST)COVID-19 vaccination dry run conducted in GoaA dry run to assess the readiness of the mechanism laid out for the imminent COVID-19 immunisation drive was conducted successfully in Goa on Saturday, a top state health department official said.Goa Health Secretary Amit Satija told reporters that the mock drill was carried out at three state-run Primary Health Centres (PHCs) at Corlim, Panaji and Aldona, all in North Goa, which were identified for the purpose."Various aspects like necessary logistics, actual implementation of the protocol, generation of a (COVID-19) vaccination certificate were tested during the dry run in which healthcare workers took part," Satija told reporters.No actual vaccine was administered to any identified beneficiary during this exercise, which he said was conducted successfully.Jan 02, 2021 15:11 (IST)COVID-19 vaccine dry run carried out in four Maharashtra districtsA dry run to assess the readiness of the mechanism laid out for the COVID-19 immunisation drive, which is expected to begin soon, was conducted on Saturday in four districts of Maharashtra.The exercise was conducted at identified health centres in Nagpur, Jalna, Pune and Nandurbar districts.Specific teams were formed for various tasks by the district administrations and activities like uploading of dummy beneficiary data, session site creation, vaccine allocation, communicating vaccination details to beneficiaries and vaccinators, and beneficiary mobilisation etc are being carried out.Speaking to reporters in his home district Jalna, Maharashtra Health Minister Rajesh Tope said the state is prepared to undertake actual COVID-19 vaccine inoculation exercise in the coming days.Jan 02, 2021 14:55 (IST)Dry run for COVID-19 vaccination begins in KolkataA dry run of the COVID-19 vaccination programme is being conducted at Primary Healthcare Centre under Bidhannagar Municipal Corporation in Kolkata on Saturday.A dry run is being conducted across all states and Union Territories today.The activity is proposed to be conducted in all state capitals in at least three 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 cities.Jan 02, 2021 13:20 (IST)COVID-19 vaccine dry run to continue in Assam till actual dose arrives, says Official In order to prepare the medical staff and infrastructure, the dry run for the COVID-19 vaccine will continue regularly across Assam till actual vaccination takes place, a senior official said on Saturday.Talking to PTI, National Health Mission (NHM) Mission Director Lakshmanan S said the Health Department does not want to leave any stone unturned to find out any lacuna in the system before administering the vaccine to the people of the state."Today, we are having the dry run at Gauhati Medical College and Hospital, Sonapur Civil Hospital and Khanapara State Dispensary. This is going to be a continuous process and we will be having dry runs till the actual vaccine comes to us," he added.The senior official said the NHM and the state Health Department in the ongoing exercise of dry runs across the state will attempt to cover as much health centres and hospitals as possible in coming days."Our objective is to prepare our staff, upgrade the state machinery and improve the vaccine delivery infrastructure. We don''t want the people to have any issue when the actual vaccine will be administered. These dry runs will help find the shortcomings and plug those," Mr Lakshmanan said.Jan 02, 2021 11:45 (IST)Main intention of dry run is to check loopholes in the process, says Karnataka medical officer"The main intention of the the dry run is to check if there is any loopholes in the process. We have listed 25 beneficiaries here. They will get an ID proof and be checked by security followed by a software based registration process. Just like in elections, a person's identity will be verified. Once checked, a person will go to the vaccination room, " said Dr Madhusudhan, a Karnataka medical officer.Jan 02, 2021 11:36 (IST)COVID-19 vaccination dry run at 3 sites in BhopalDry run for Covid-19 mass vaccination has started at three places in Bhopal. 25 people each will be part of the dummy run at Gandhi Nagar community health centre (CHC), Govindpura CHC and LN Hospital. Vaccines dispatched to the three centres from JP Hospital in Bhopal at 8 AM, and dummy vaccination started at 9 AM. Each centre will have three rooms - one for the patients to await their turn, a vaccination chamber, and one for post-injection monitoring.Jan 02, 2021 11:27 (IST)COVID-19 vaccination dry run in KolkataWest Bengal: COVID19 vaccination dry being conducted at Primary Healthcare Centre under Bidhannagar Municipal Corporation in Kolkata pic.twitter.com/M23HzEU6LB- ANI (ANI) January 2, 2021Jan 02, 2021 11:13 (IST)COVID-19 vaccination dry run in AssamGuwahati: Dry run for COVID19 vaccination administration is being conducted at Gauhati Medical College and Hospital#Assampic.twitter.com/u8Uis55GfL- ANI (ANI) January 2, 2021Jan 02, 2021 11:02 (IST)Dry run for COVID-19 vaccination begins in 3 Delhi sitedA dry run for COVID-19 vaccination began in the national capital on Saturday at three sites selected for the purpose, officials said.The Centre had on Thursday stated that the activity was set to be conducted by all state and union territory administrations on January 2 to test the linkages between planning and implementation, and identify challenges."Guru Teg Bahadur Hospital, Shahdara, Urban Primary Health Centre, Daryaganj, and Venkateshwar Hospital, Dwarka, are the three sites in Delhi which have been selected for the dry run of the roll out of COVID-19 vaccine in the national capital," a senior official said here on Saturday.Delhi Health Minister Satyendar Jain is scheduled to visit a facility in Daryaganj as part of the exercise, he said.Jan 02, 2021 10:50 (IST)"Beneficiaries will be given all information regarding vaccine before it's administered": Delhi hospital vaccination officer"Beneficiaries will be given all information regarding the vaccine before it is administered. If any person shows serious reaction to vaccine, they can be shifted to casualty ward of the hospital. All beneficiaries registered through CoWIN," said Vaccination Officer, GTB Hospital, DelhiJan 02, 2021 10:41 (IST)Health Minister on COVID-19 vaccination dry run"Feedbacks received after the dry run in 4 states were included in guidelines for vaccination & today's dry run in all states and Union Territories is being conducted as per new guidelines. Except for giving actual vaccine, every procedure is being followed during the drill," said Union Health Minister Harsh Vardhan.Jan 02, 2021 10:28 (IST)Health Minister Harsh Vardhan visits Delhi's GTB hospital to review dry run drillUnion Health Minister Dr Harsh Vardhan visited Guru Teg Bahadur (GTB) hospital in Delhi on Saturday to review the dry run of administering the COVID-19 vaccine.The dry run is being conducted by all the States and Union Territories governments today.According to the Ministry of Health and 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".Jan 02, 2021 10:26 (IST)COVID19 vaccination dry run underway at Primary Health Center in BengaluruBengaluru: COVID19 vaccination dry run underway at Primary Health Center in KamakshipalyaMore than 1,65,000 healthcare workers have been identified. This dry run will help us plan vaccination process: Spl Commissioner, Health, Bruhat Bengaluru Mahanagara Palike pic.twitter.com/pwOmNi6qxe- ANI (ANI) January 2, 2021Jan 02, 2021 10:23 (IST)Bengaluru: COVID19 vaccination dry run underway at Primary Health Center in KamakshipalyaMore than 1,65,000 healthcare workers have been identified. This dry run will help us plan vaccination process: Spl Commissioner, Health, Bruhat Bengaluru Mahanagara Palike pic.twitter.com/pwOmNi6qxe- ANI (ANI) January 2, 2021Jan 02, 2021 10:23 (IST)Paid utmost care about safety and efficacy, said Union Health Minister on COVID-19 vaccine"There should be no rumours about the vaccine safety. Under PM Modi's leadership we have paid utmost care about the safety and efficacy of the vaccine. There should be no misconceptions about the safety of the vaccine. Everything has been checked in detail. Initially, when the Polio vaccine was rolled out, even then rumours had floated, But once it went on floors, all people were assured about the safety," said Union Health Minister Harsh Vardhan.