Bengaluru centres take extra hour | Bengaluru News – Times of India

BENGALURU: Officials had set a two-hour time frame, from 9am to 11am, for completing the Covid-19 vaccination dry run on Saturday. But the exercise dragged on for nearly three hours at some vaccination session sites within BBMP limits.
At the Vidyapeeta urban primary health centre, one of 16 sites selected for the drill in Karnataka, 10 healthcare workers, who acted as would-be vaccine receivers, were still waiting for identity verification at 11.30am. The drill, designed to test micro-planning of the vaccination programme, faced delays because of VIP visits, ending shortly before 12.30pm.
The situation was no different at the Kamakshipalya PHC, where teams wrapped up the exercise only at noon.
CoWIN software, developed by IIT Delhi for monitoring of vaccine delivery among prioritised population groups, worked as expected. It also tracks the temperature at which vaccines are safely stored at all primary health centres and sends messages to beneficiaries and vaccinators about the inoculation schedule. “There were no glitches in the software or back-end support. But VIP visits during the dry run caused some delays. Our preparedness related to cold storage, logistics and manpower was proper,” said a health officer at the Vidyapeeta PHC.
Twenty-five health workers played the part of vaccine receivers at each session site during Saturday’s exercise. During actual vaccination, every site will inoculate 100 registered healthcare workers a day. The frontline staff will get shots first as they are among priority groups.
Health minister K Sudhakar visited Yelahanka General Hospital, which also hosted the drill. He said that the efforts were aimed at training staff, adding that Covid-19 vaccines were expected to be available later this month.
Some experts from the technical advisory committee on Covid-19 also visited a site. They observed that the vaccinator used his/her experience to speak to healthcare workers instead of quoting from the SOP. “Ideally, a copy of the SOP should be with vaccinators and the same must be explained to beneficiaries,” said an expert.

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