Apart from Delhi, COVID-19 vaccine dry run has begun in many cities across India including Vishakhapatam, Bhopal, Bangalore, Thiruvananthapuram, Guwahati, and Pune. Some hospitals have been selected in these cities and doctors and nurses are all geared to practise the vaccination drive. In Maharashtra, hospitals in four districts (across the state)- Pune, Nagpur, Nandurbar and Jalna are taking up the dry run. Each district has four vaccination centres with 25 people at one vaccination centre.
Similarly, Kerala too has organised a dry run today in four districts of the state. These districts include Idukki, Palakkad, Thirvananthapuram and Wayanad. This is the second dry run for the state and the drive took place between 9 am to 11 am today. State Health Minister K K Shailaja has noted that Kerala is all set for the smooth rollout of the COVID-19 vaccine for the health workers.
As far as Karnataka is concerned, the COVID-19 vaccine dry run has been carried out in five districts- Bengaluru, Belagavi, Mysuru, Kalaburagi, and Shivamogga. In Belagavi district, the government is conducting the dry run at Vantamuri urban PHC, Kittur community health centre as well as in the state-run general hospital at Hukkeri. Other mock exercises are being done at Ashok Nagar PHC, Jewargi taluk hospital and Aurad rural centre in Kalaburagi district, Jayanagar community health centre, Bilikere PHC and K.R. Nagar taluk hospital in Mysuru, McGann hospital and Antharagange PHC in Shivamogga district.
The dry vaccination run is also conducted in north-eastern state Manipur and a large number of health workers were given training to conduct the drive. Five health centres were chosen across Imphal west and Thoubal districts for dry run.
As many as 75 health workers became a part of the dry vaccination drive in Madhya Pradesh’s Bhopal. This has been the first dry run in the state for Covid-19 vaccine programme and it was conducted at three health centres in the state capital- L N Hospital, Gandhi Nagar community health centre (CHC) and Govindpura CHC.
Meanwhile, health officials and experts in India have given a go-ahead for a vaccine produced by Oxford-AstraZeneca. Later in the day, the government is also expected to approve the emergency use of indegenous vaccine produced by Bharat Biotech-ICMR. Once the approval for this is given, a mass vaccination drive can be initiated in the country.