In a bid to know and understand the complications that may pop up during the roll out of the COVID-19 vaccines, India conducted novel coronavirus dry run in all States and UTs at 286 session sites spread across 125 districts. Each of these districts had at least three mock drill sites that included a public health facility, private health facility, and rural or urban outreach sites.Also Read - Vladimir Putin Decides to Receive Russian Coronavirus Vaccine Sputnik V

MoHFW had earlier developed and shared detailed training modules and checklist for the right implementation of the dummy vaccination exercise at various levels. Many of you may be thinking about the exact meaning of dry run and why was it necessary to conduct. Here we will address these two questions and will share some other important details about the dry run too. Let’s begin. Also Read - Can COVID-19 Vaccines Protect You From The New Coronavirus Strain? Know The Truth

What is a Dry Run And What Was The Need to Conduct it?

Just like army drills, dry run is a dummy process that helped the government assess how ready we are for the COVID-19 immunization at the national level. It also highlighted any shortcomings in the mechanism laid out for the coronavirus vaccine drive so that we can address them before time and avoid any difficulty or problems during the actual immunization process. Also Read - Oxford Coronavirus Vaccine Has 'Winning Formula', Will 'Protect 95% of Patients', Says AstraZeneca CEO

It tested the planned operations including entry of necessary data in Co-WIN, which is an online platform for monitoring the delivery of COVID-19 vaccine, deployment of team members, and testing recipient. It also included mock drills of session sites, testing of beneficiaries, checking cold storage, transportation arrangements handling crowd at the immunization site, and ensuring physical distancing.

Dry Run Procedure

As per the detailed checklist provided by the Ministry of Health and Family Welfare, 100 beneficiaries were given dummy vaccines at different locations as mentioned above. Beneficiaries were preidentified. Post the vaccination, they were administered for the next 30 minutes to address any adverse event. After that, a report was prepared for the State Task Force (STF) to review, give feedback, and submit to the MoHFW.