Days after approving two vaccines for emergency use in India, the reports are that the world’s largest vaccination program will commence from January 13 in India.
“We are prepared to roll out covid-19 vaccines within 10 days of granting emergency use authorization date, based on dry run feedback. But the government will only decide the exact date of the rollout of the vaccination programme,” Bhushan told a press conference.
The Drug Regulator General Of India gave emergency use approval to two vaccines —Covishield and Covaxin—on 3 January.
The health ministry has been conducting dry runs or mock drills at as many as 285 sites across India to test the end-to-end operations ahead of the real deal.
Also, the government has said that it will make the best use of the Co-WIN app to register people for vaccination purposes. Co-WIN, for the unaware, is currently under construction and once launched will let people across the country to register on the app and get the vaccine.
Currently, India stands at second place in terms of the number of coronavirus cases across the country after USA. However, the active cases in India are relatively low at 2,27,546 when compared with the US (2,06,88,968). 71 cases of the new strain of coronavirus that was found in the UK recently have also been reported.
The vaccine will be transported in refrigerated containers from four bulk stores in Karnal, Mumbai, Kolkata and Chennai to 37 state stores and then to district stores. Real-time temperature monitoring of the refrigerated containers will be done.
All primary, state and district stores will also have temperature trackers, and information on temperature will be uploaded in real-time. Once the vaccine reaches the district, the district magistrate will allot shots.
A database of people taking the shots will be managed, which will further be used to create a unique health ID, which PM Modi has talked about during the 2020 Independence Day speech.
“After both doses, a QR code certificate will also be generated which can be stored on the government’s DigiLocker app,” the health minister said.
In case there are any adverse effects after taking the vaccine, there is a provision for real-time reporting. One can also report the adverse effects if any, on the Co-WIN app. You will have the facility to report any issue in 12 languages with the assistance of a 24×7 helpline number and chatbot assistance.