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Second mock drill on Covid vaccination begins in 736 districts, Harsh Vardhan rubbishes rumors

HealthSecond mock drill on Covid vaccination begins in 736 districts, Harsh Vardhan rubbishes rumors

In a massive country-wide exercise on January 2, an end-to-end mock drill on Covid-19 vaccine administration was held in all States and UTs at 286 session sites, spread across 125 districts.

New Delhi: The second nationwide mock drill on Covid-19 vaccination began on Friday morning at 736 districts across 33 States/Union Territories (UTs). Meanwhile, Union Health Minister Dr. Harsh Vardhan is in Tamil Nadu, to personally review the dry run drill for administering the Covid-19 vaccine.

The objective of the mock drill on Covid-19 vaccination is to simulate the actual vaccine administration event. The entire planning of the vaccination drive, including beneficiary registration, micro-planning, and vaccination at the planned session site, will be tested under the leadership of the respective District Collector and District Magistrate.

The dry run will also familiarise the State, District, Block, and Hospital level officers on all aspects of Covid-19 rollout.

This activity will help the administrators in strengthening the linkages between planning, implementation, and reporting mechanisms, identification of any residual challenges prior to the actual implementation, and providing confidence to the program managers at all levels, to carry out a smooth implementation of the vaccination drive.

In a massive country-wide exercise on January 2, an end-to-end mock drill on Covid-19 vaccine administration was held in all States and UTs at 286 session sites, spread across 125 districts.

Harsh Vardhan interacts with state Health Ministers

Union Health Minister Harsh Vardhan on Thursday interacted with the Health Ministers, Principal Secretaries, Additional Chief Secretaries of the States/Union Territories (UTs) through video-conference here, to review the preparedness for the nationwide Mock Drill on the Covid-19 vaccination, scheduled for January 8.

Dr. Vardhan also urged for their keen overview and personal indulgence, to lead the whole exercise

The second nationwide mock drill on Covid-19 vaccination will be held at three-session sites of 736 districts across 33 States/UTs. Dr Vardhan also expressed gratitude to the scientific community, who have worked tirelessly to bring the country two Covid-19 vaccines, which have recently received the Emergency Use Authorisation a few days back.

Seeking their personal indulgence, leadership, and keen oversight for tomorrow’s national dry run, Dr. Vardhan requested the Health Ministers to remain vigilant against rumors and disinformation campaigns regarding the safety and efficacy of the Covid-19 vaccine.

Harsh Vardhan rubbishes rumors being propagated on social media

He rubbished the rumors being propagated on social media, which were raising doubts in the mind of the public regarding the vaccine side-effects and said, ‘These miscreants might derail the whole exercise, set the clock back by years.’

Dr. Vardhan urged the state Health authorities to work with the multiple stakeholders and the youth to spread the right information and dispel rumors and mistruths being spread about the Covid-19. The objective of the mock drill on Covid-19 vaccination is to simulate the actual vaccine administration event.

The entire planning of the vaccination drive, including beneficiary registration, micro-planning, and vaccination at the planned session site, will be tested under the leadership of the respective District Collector and District Magistrate. The dry run will also familiarise the State, District, Block, and Hospital level officers on all aspects of the Covid-19 rollout.

This activity will help the administrators in strengthening the linkages between planning, implementation, and reporting mechanisms, identification of any residual challenges prior to the actual implementation, and to provide confidence to the program managers at all levels, to carry out a smooth implementation of the vaccination drive.

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