Meghalaya on 2nd January, 2021 conducted a dry run for administering the soon to be rolled out COVID-19 vaccination drive. The dry run was conducted in Ganesh Das MCH Hospital, NEIGRIHMS Hospital, Rynjah State Dispensary, Nazareth Hospital and Holy Cross Hospital where a total of 129 persons were mobilized for the dry run. Shri. Sampath Kumar, Principal Secretary, Health visited NEIGRIHMS and Ganesh Das MCH Hospital where healthcare workers gave a step by step overview of the process. State Health Officials, Dr. H. Giri and Dr. Manners were both present to oversee operations along with Dr. Bhattacharya,Director, NEIGRIHMS and Dr. Roy, WHO representative.
The dry run started at each site the hand-washing station where Vaccination Officer 1 willcheck and match the beneficiary to the available registered list of beneficiaries. After this, the beneficiary is led and seated at the waiting area whereVaccination Officer 2will verify and authenticate the beneficiary on the CoWIN App (COVID Vaccine Intelligence Network). From here, the beneficiarywill be taken to the vaccination room where Vaccination Officer 3 would administer the vaccine.
This room is equipped to handle Adverse Event Following Immunization (AEFI) with adrenaline and other drugs available at the station. After receiving the vaccine, the CoWIN App will be updated and the beneficiary is then led to the observation area where two Vaccination Officers will give Infections and Prevention Control messaging and will support and observe the persons for the next 30 minutes. They will also be responsible for crowd- management.Here, the beneficiarieswill also be given IEC materials on the vaccine and the importance of wearing a mask and hand washing will be reinforced. If there is a case of AEFI, the beneficiary details will be filled in a form which will automatically be updated onSafeVac. If there are no symptoms, the beneficiary will be allowed to leave but will have to return for the second dose of the vaccine after 28 days or a period as prescribed by the Health Officials based on the type of vaccine approved by the Government.
Every vaccinated person will receive a digital certificate which will be available on the CoWIN App. Automated SMSes will also be sent to beneficiaries to remind them of their next vaccination with the details of allotted time and place.
The dry run was hugely successful with healthcare workers working seamlessly and reassuring the fact that such mock drills can infuse a sense of confidence in them before the actual vaccination drive.