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Vizag is gearing up for Covid-19 vaccination dry run today


Close on the heels of the Covid-19 trial run in the Krishna district, which showed encouraging results, the district administration is all set to organize a vaccine trial run here on Saturday at the Government ENT Hospital, Pradhama Hospital, and the Regional Health Centre at Simhachalam.

The intended move is to test the preparedness of transport of the vaccine, storage of the vaccine at the place, where it would be administered to patients, and security at the storage centers should be ensured. Towards this end, District Collector, V. Vinay Chand held a review meet with the officials on Friday to ensure implementation of the guidelines for the successful conduct of the COVID-19 vaccine trial run.

V Vinay Chand said twenty-five beneficiaries – all health care workers – will be present at each site and the vaccination team will demonstrate how they will be registered, how vaccines will be given, and how they will be monitored for adverse events, if any. All the sites will have a three-room setup – one waiting room, one vaccination room, and an observation room. A team of four people – one person to check the documents, one to check the registration of the beneficiaries, one to monitor the person, and one to control the crowd — will be present. Stating further he said, it was only a mock drill and the public should be informed in advance about it. All the arrangements should be properly done just as in the case of polling booths in the general elections.

Speaking to Hello Vizag, District COVID Special Officer and Principal of Andhra Medical College P.V. Sudhakar, said according to Covid-19 protocol SMS will be sent to 25 recipients for each hospital in the dry run. Once they reach the designated hospital the police officer present will check the SMS and the data entry officials will match them with the details and send them to the vaccination room. Post-vaccination they will be observed for 30 minutes and in case of any reaction, they will be given basic medicines and sent to designated bigger hospitals such as KGH for further observation. All these protocols will be observed in the dry run, said Dr. Sudhakar.

Once the actual vaccine was received, it would be first administered to health care workers followed by frontline workers like Revenue, Police Medical and Health, Municipal Staff and Anganwadi workers apart from workers of other departments, who have co-morbidities. District Collector also directed the Revenue Divisional Officers to ensure that the Mandal Tahsildars properly understood the programme as the vaccination programme was likely to be conducted by taking each mandal as a unit.

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