One other pan-India Covid vaccine dry run on Jan 8

Tribune News Service

New Delhi, January 6

The Centre will conduct another pan-India dry run on January 8 to test COVID vaccine delivery readiness.

Dry run will be held in all districts expect those of UP and Haryana which have already conducted or will be conducting the drill in all districts on January 5 and January 7, respectively.

On January 2, almost all states and Union Territory conducted dry run at 285 session sites spread across 125 districts to assess ability and readiness of authorities to administer shots to hundreds of millions of people, including many in remote corners of the country.

It was conducted to test the end-to-end planned operations and the mechanism that has been set up to ensure smooth conduct of the Covid-19 vaccination.

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The Central government plans to vaccinate nearly 30 crore people in the first phase of drive. It will be offered to one crore healthcare workers, along with 2 crore frontline and essential workers and 27 crore elderly, mostly above the age of 50 years with co-morbidities.

The Health Ministry on Tuesday announced that vaccination drive will be rolled out by January 13. With agency inputs

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