New Delhi: To check challenges and the best way to inoculate people, a dry run for coronavirus or COVID-19 vaccination was held in all the states and UTs in at least 3 session sites on Saturday. For each of the three-session sites, the Medical Officer In-charge identified 25 test beneficiaries (healthcare workers).Also Read - Coronavirus: States Gear Up For Nationwide Vaccine Dry Run Today, Govt Reviews Preparedness | Key Points

Notably, this was the the second dry run being conducted in the country. The first was held on December 28 and 29 in 4 states– Gujarat, Punjab Andhra Pradesh and Assam. The Central government plans to vaccinate nearly 30 crore people in the first phase of the drive. It will be offered to one crore healthcare workers, along with 2 crore frontline and essential workers and 27 crore elderly, mostly above the age of 50 years with co-morbidities.

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18:25 PM: India successfully cultures the new viral strain on the horizon (UK-variant of SARS-CoV-2): Indian Council of Medical Research (ICMR)

18:19 PM: Dry run for COVID-19 vaccine rollout is being conducted in the country. Today, the dry run was conducted at three centres in Bhopal. Total 75 people were administered dummy vaccines at these centres: Madhya Pradesh CM Shivraj Singh Chouhan

17:39 PM: Dry run of COVID-19 vaccination is underway. On 5th January, dry run will be conducted across the state. I am confident that we will be able to bring vaccine around ‘Makar Sankranti’ & successfully defeat coronavirus: CM Yogi Adityanath

17:04 PM: The Subject Expert Committee (SEC) has considered emergency use request of Bharat Biotech Vaccine again as India conducts dry run. Decision awaited.

16:20 PM: Today, a dry run of vaccine was carried out in Lucknow district at 6 places and the preparation was reviewed. On January 5, a dry run will be done at 6-6 places in all 75 districts of the state. Out of these 6 places, 3 urban and 3 places will be in rural areas: Uttar Pradesh Additional Chief Secretary Health

13:24 PM: Nearly 75 health workers underwent dummy vaccination at Bhopal in Madhya Pradesh today as part of the first dry run of COVID-19 vaccine programme in the state.

13:21 PM: COVID19 vaccination dry run being conducted at Capital Hospital, Bhubaneswar Mock drill is being conducted at 31 sites across the state.

1:20 PM: COVID19 vaccine administration dry run is being conducted at Government ENT Hospital in Visakhapatnam

1:00 PM: In 1st phase of COVID-19 vaccination, free vaccine shall be provided across the nation to most prioritised beneficiaries that incl 1 cr healthcare & 2 cr frontline workers, tweeted Union Health Minister Dr Harsh Vardhan

11:44 AM: Mock drill for COVID-19 vaccine administration underway at a healthcare centre in Manipur, said Ministry of Health and Family Welfare

11:33 AM: Dry run for the administration of Covid-19 vaccine is being held at Primary Hospital in Govindpur “After being vaccinated, we have been asked to wait in the observation room for 30 minutes to make sure there are no side-effects,” says an ASHA worker.

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10:57 AM: Dry run for COVID19 vaccination administration is being conducted at Gauhati Medical College and Hospital

10:26 AM: Feedbacks received after the dry run in 4 states were included in guidelines for vaccination & today’s dry run in all states/UTs is being conducted as per new guidelines. Except for giving actual vaccine, every procedure is being followed during the drill, said Union Health Minister.

10:24 AM: I appeal to people not to pay heed to rumours. Ensuring safety & efficacy of vaccine is our priority. Different kinds of rumours were spread during polio immunisation but people took the vaccine & India is now polio-free, Union Health Minister Harsh Vardhan on COVID-19 vaccine

10:23 AM: 77 vaccination centers have been identified in Central Delhi. We are following all guidelines laid down by Government of India. We are even looking at transportation security of vaccine: DM Central Delhi at a healthcare centre in Daryaganj, Delhi

10:00 AM: COVID19 vaccination dry run underway at Primary Health Center in Kamakshipalya More than 1,65,000 healthcare workers have been identified. This dry run will help us plan vaccination process: Spl Commissioner, Health, Bruhat Bengaluru Mahanagara Palike

09:56 AM: Dry run for COVID-19 vaccine administration underway at District Hospital, Pune Vaccination drill is being conducted in all States/UTs today in 116 districts across 259 sites.

09:46 AM: Union Minister Dr Harsh Vardhan to visit GTB Hospital to review the dry run of administering the COVID-19 vaccine today

09:45 AM: Dry run of administering the COVID-19 vaccine will be conducted at District Hospital, Pune, today. “Data of healthcare workers from Maharashtra has been uploaded on CoWIN,” says District Civil Surgeon.

08:30 AM: Dry run for COVID19 vaccine administration to be conducted in all States/Union Territories today in 116 districts across 259 sites, said Ministry of Health & Family Welfare

08:00 AM: Delhi Health Minister Satyendar Jain will attend the vaccine trial program (Dry Run) conducted by the Union Health Ministry, at the Maternity & Child Welfare (MCW) centre in Daryaganj, Delhi, at 10:00 am today.