Preparing for vaccine: Dry run at 263 sites across Karnataka today | Bengaluru News – Times of India


BENGALURU: A statewide Covid-19 vaccination dry run will be conducted on Friday. The mock drill — without actual inoculation — will take place at 263 vaccination session sites across 30 districts.
A dry run was held on January 2, but only in five districts. These runs are to ensure the drive proper goes off without a hitch. The mock drill includes planning and preparation- related prerequisites to introduce the vaccine and use of Co-WIN portal where beneficiary and session site details will be uploaded. Documents will be verified at session sites.
The Covid Vaccine Intelligence Network (CoWIN) software was developed by IIT Delhi. It will be used to monitor vaccine delivery to beneficiaries. The software can also track the temperature at which the vaccine is stored. Every person who is vaccinated will be tracked for adverse effects, authorities said.
However, for the dry run, dummy logins have been created to check efficiency of the loading the data.
The dry run will be held in a minimum five vaccination sites in each centre. A total 24 district hospitals, 20 medical colleges, 43 taluk hospitals, 31 community health centres, 87 primary health centres, 30 urban primary health centres and 28 private hospitals will participate.
In Bengaluru, the dry run will be held in Singasandra urban PHC, Sapthagiri Medical College, Ulsoor referral hospital, KR Puram general hospital, Kengeri community health centre, Kempegowda Institute of Medical College, Bangalore Medical College and Research Institute, and Aster CMI hospital.
In all, 6.3 lakh healthcare workers in Karnataka have been registered to receive the vaccine shots.
“As part of backend preparations, there are 10 walk-in coolers, 4 walk-in freezers, 3,201 ice-lined refrigerators, 3,312 cold boxes, 4,6591 vaccine carriers, and more than 2.2 lakh ice packs available to store the shots,” said health minister K Sudhakar after a video conference with Union health minister Harsh Vardhan on Thursday.
Eight sites in Udupi
Udupi district health authorities have identified eight places where the dry run will be held. These include six government-run health institutions and two private medical institutions.
G Jagadeesha, district deputy commissioner, will inaugurate the dry run at Government Kusamma Shambu Shetty Memorial Haji Abdulla Women’s and Children Hospital at 10am, Dr Sudhir Chandra Sooda, district health and family welfare officer, said. The department has already drawn up a list of 19,452 frontline healthcare workers from government and private medical institutions who will be vaccinated in the first phase.
The dry run will be held at Kandlur primary health centre in Kundapur, community health centres (CHC) at Brahmawar and Hebri, urban health centre (UHC) near the old office of deputy commissioner in Udupi, government hospital in Karkala and the women’s and children’s hospital in Udupi, besides TMA Pai Hospital and Adarsh Hospital, two private hospital in Udupi.
The vaccine will be administered by trained personnel. A total 342 government and 18 private sites have been identified and when the drive proper is rolled out, 100 people will be vaccinated at each site. Every centre will be manned by five trained personnel, Jagadeesha said. Vaccine storage facilities have been readied and 1,324 vehicles will transport the doses when the drive is rolled out.
Nine sites in DK
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In Dakshina Kannada district, the dry run will be conducted at nine centres. Dr BV Rajesh, reproductive and child health officer, Dakshina Kannada, said the dry run will be held at Wenlock hospital, urban public health centre in Surathkal, Bantwal taluk hospital, community health centre in Kadaba, PHC in Naravi, Yenepoya Medical College in Deralakatte, KVG Medical College in Sullia, Indiana Hospital and KS Hegde Medical Academy in Deralakatte.
“We have identified 25 beneficiaries including doctors, nurses, drivers and others, for each centre to take part in the dry run,” Dr Rajesh said. “All guidelines related to the vaccination drive will be followed. We will verify documents of beneficiaries before they are allowed inside the vaccination room.”
G Jagadeesha, district deputy commissioner, will inaugurate the dry run at Government Kusamma Shambu Shetty Memorial Haji Abdulla Women’s and Children Hospital at 10am, Dr Sudhir Chandra Sooda, district health and family welfare officer, said. The department has already drawn up a list of 19,452 frontline healthcare workers from government and private medical institutions who will be vaccinated in the first phase.



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