Second Covid Vaccination Dry Run Across Country Today: 10 Points

The nationwide mock drill will be held at three-session sites of 736 districts across 33 States/UTs.

New Delhi:
A second dry run to check the best way to vaccinate people against COVID-19 and plug loopholes in logistics and training will take place today from which a few states, which had undergone it earlier, will be exempt. The first massive dry run was held on January 2. The day-long exercise will again test the operational feasibility 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. Health minister Harsh Vardhan has asked state health ministers to submit their inputs after the dry run gets completed.

Here’s your 10-point cheatsheet to this big story:

  1. The nationwide mock drill will be held at three-session sites of 736 districts across 33 States/UTs. Three states – Uttar Pradesh, Haryana and Arunachal Pradesh – will not be participating in this dry run as they have already conducted it in all their districts.

  2. In Delhi, the second dry run will span across several districts of the national capital, officials said. The districts include South Delhi, South East Delhi and North West Delhi and New Delhi, they said. The first dry run was held in Delhi on January 2 for which three sites were chosen across the national capital.

  3. Health Minister Harsh Vardhan will visit Tamil Nadu today to review the dry run in the state. The minister will personally review the preparedness and oversee the dry run operations at the scheduled sites, according to an official release by the government.

  4. Assam — among one of the best performing states in the country for COVID-19 management — will have trials in all the 33 districts. Since September, Assam has been working on its Covid vaccination plans to cover 1.75 lakhs frontline medical staffs in the state.

  5. During the dry run, over 25 health workers get dummy vaccines at each site, which is meant to test the mechanisms and reveal possible gaps in the system ahead of the actual vaccination drive.

  6. Aadhaar authentication and SMS confirming vaccination in at least 12 languages are some of the features of the CoWIN app that India is developing to inoculate millions of people against COVID-19.

  7. The government has prioritised groups who will get the vaccine first, including doctors, healthcare workers, police and others engaged directly in fighting the pandemic.

  8. The country is in the final stages of preparation for the rollout of the Covid vaccine, which will be administered to 30 crore people, Mr Vardhan said yesterday. “From healthcare workers to municipal workers — all such people are part of priority groups. This is 3 crore in total. After that, 27 crore people will get vaccinated,” he added.

  9. The drill is being carried ahead of the vaccine rollout, which is expected to start in days. The government has said vaccination for COVID-19 would start within 10 days from the day when vaccine-makers were given emergency use authorisation. 

  10. India has cleared Oxford-AstraZeneca’s Covishield manufactured by the Serum Institute of India and Bharat Biotech’s Covaxin.


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