NEW DELHI: The capital will witness a dry run for Covid-19 vaccine administration at three sites on Saturday along with all states and Union territories.
The central government has asked for the exercise to gear up for the rollout of the vaccine. It has directed that the dry run should be conducted in all capitals in at least three sites. In Delhi, the sites were chosen in three different districts after a meeting of the health department.
The sites are Venkateshwara Hospital in South West district, the Daryaganj dispensary in Central district and Guru Teg Bahadur Hospital in Shahdara district. For each site, the medical officer in-charge will identify 25 healthcare workers who will be test beneficiaries. The data of these beneficiaries are already uploaded in the Co-WIN application.
The objective of the exercise is to assess the operational feasibility of the Centre’s Co-WIN application in a field environment, test the linkages between planning and implementation and identify the challenges and guide the way forward prior to actual implementation.
Health minister Satyendar Jain said Delhi government was ready and all necessary requirements, from storage to application,
had been made. Delhi government is preparing 1,000 centres for the vaccine administration and, according to sources, up to 100 vaccines can be administered at each centre daily. This will mean that in a day, around one lakh people can be administered the vaccine.
Delhi government has set up the city’s first storage facility at Rajiv Gandhi Super Speciality Hospital in northeast Delhi and two more sites have been identified. “The storage facility at the hospital is spread over 5,000 square metres and will suffice for our storage needs,” a government official said.
“We also have an existing facility in Battery Lane in north Delhi’s Civil Lines as a secondary storage point and a third one has been identified at the office of Directorate General of Health Services in Karkardooma in east Delhi. However, two storage facilities will be more than enough for our requirements,” he said.
In the national capital, 51 lakh people will be vaccinated in the first phase and three lakh healthcare workers form the first priority group. In the next group are six lakh frontline workers, including Delhi Police personnel, civil defence volunteers and sanitation workers. This will be followed by vaccination of those who are 50 years or older and those below 50 years but with comorbidities. Around 42 lakh people will be covered under this last category.