Speaking to DT Next, Health Secretary J Radhakrishnan said that the general feedback was positive and even Central authorities lauded the management. “More than 200 vaccination sites conducted the dry run smoothly. As the vaccination will happen in a phased manner, we will be able to adapt and learn as it takes off,” he said. While the dry run was conducted at Rajiv Gandhi Government General Hospital and Apollo Hospitals in Chennai, Madurai, Coimbatore, Ramanathapuram, Kanniyakumari, Theni and Thoothukudi conducted the process at district headquartered government hospitals, private sector clinics or hospitals.
Transporting vaccines from cold storage facility to the site, administering them to the candidates, storing the data on Co-WIN app and generating the electronic certificate to the candidate, was completed. The procedure was designed in a way that 25 frontline workers could get shots in two hours. The CoWIN app designed to track details of the beneficiary was used to feed data, the place where he/she was likely to get vaccination, data on pre-vaccination and post-vaccination. The app would also generate an electronic certificate after vaccine was administered, follow up with the patients, reminding them of booster dose. All sites had a beneficiary waiting room, vaccination room and observation room. Five officials, including a medical officer, nurses and other healthcare workers were involved at each site.
Vardhan lauds TN’s COVID management
Union Minister for Health and Family Welfare Dr Harsh Vardhan visited the Rajiv Gandhi Government General Hospital on Friday and reviewed the dry run process.
Lauding the State government for 100 per cent RT-PCR testing and effective management of cases, Vardhan said, “We will soon be able to make vaccines available for all Indians. Shots will be administered to all healthcare workers in public and private sectors, followed by other frontline workers and elderly.”
Accompanied by State Health Minister C Vijaya Baskar, the Union Health Minister supervised the dry run and said that the arrangements by the Health Department were as per the Centre’s guidelines.
He also visited the General Medical Store Depot in Periamedu, which is one of the vaccine storage facilities in the country. He also paid a visit to the COVID-19 awareness exhibition at the Tamil Nadu Multi-Super Specialty Government General Hospital and vaccination site at Apollo Hospitals in the city.
He also met Chief Minister Edappadi K Palaniswami at the Secretariat and assured that Tamil Nadu would be informed of the vaccine roll out soon.