Mumbai: Vaccine dry run to be held at Cooper, Rajawadi & BKC | Mumbai News – Times of India

MUMBAI: Three of the city’s municipal health facilities— RN Cooper at Juhu, Rajawadi at Ghatkopar and the BKC jumbo centre—have been chosen to conduct the vaccine dry run to be held nationally on January 8.
Across the state, all districts barring four that had participated in the earlier drill on January 2, will be a part of the mock drill that is being carried out before the likely rollout of the Covid-19 vaccine next week.

Wednesday saw health officials from all districts connect over an online meeting to discuss finer details of the dry run in at least three vaccination sites in each district. A minimum of 25 beneficiaries have been asked to visit the centres and participate in the mock process that would gauge preparedness, understanding and adherence to protocols. N Ramaswami, commissioner of National Health Mission, said districts that previously had the dry run also shared their learnings on Wednesday. Union health experts will meet state officials online on Thursday for another round of discussion.
In Mumbai, the BKC jumbo centre saw hectic activity as 15 vaccination units were being set up on Wednesday. Dean Dr Rajesh Dere said the vaccination premises would have a separate entry and exit. There would be a registration centre, a vaccination booth and an observation area in all centres. “We have also created a small ICU set-up next to the observation room where beneficiaries would be kept for half an hour after administration of the vaccine to monitor any after-effects,” said Dr Dere, adding the facility was 90% complete to carry out the drill.
Dr Vidya Thakur, medical superintendent of Rajawadi Hospital, said they would erect five makeshift tents for the dry run. A more permanent structure would be ready before the actual drive. The Ghatkopar hospital is one of the eight centres where the first round of immunisation of 1.25 lakh healthcare workers is supposed to be carried out. Work at Cooper Hospital, the model vaccination centre, is nearly complete, authorities said.
Ramaswami said issues with patchy internet connectivity experienced by certain sites during the January 2 drive have been discussed. “We have asked officials to select sites with good connectivity,” he said, adding it was not a big issue. A crucial component of Covid vaccination is Co-Win app, on which beneficiary details need to be uploaded.
Meanwhile, four other jumbo facilities have begun prepping. Dr Neelam Andrade, dean of NESCO jumbo facility in Goregaon, said Hall A will be converted into a vaccination centre and work will start to create 15 units. Additional municipal commissioner Suresh Kakani said vaccination was voluntary, and one could refuse to take a shot after reaching the centre and registering names.

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