NEW DELHI: Around 96,000 vaccinators have been trained for the Covid vaccination programme that the government plans to roll out in January itself once a vaccine is approved.
State governments, district officials and municipal commissioners have been asked to get ground staff, logistics and IT systems in place to carry out the drive that aims to cover 30 crore ‘priority population’ by July.
In a high-level meeting with all states and UTs on Thursday, the Centre asked them to ensure effective preparedness. A dry run will be conducted by all states and UTs on January 2. “The activity is proposed to be conducted in all state capitals in at least three session sites. Some states will also include districts that are situated in difficult terrain or have poor logistical support,” an official said. Maharashtra and Kerala are likely to schedule the dry run in major cities other than their capital.
TOI had on Thursday reported that the health ministry plans to hold a nation-wide drill before the vaccination programme’s rollout.
The drug regulator’s subject expert panel on Covid vaccine is slated to meet on January 1 to consider emergency use authorisation for Serum Institute of India’s Covishield and Bharat Biotech‘s Covaxin.