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COVID-19 vaccine dry run Updates: India rehearses for massive vaccination drive

By Anuj Cariappa

New Delhi, Jan 02: As India came closer to the roll-out of COVID-19 vaccine, a dry run was held by all states and union territories on Saturday in preparation for a massive inoculation drive, with Health Minister Harsh Vardhan appealing to people not to be misguided by "rumours" and disinformation regarding the safety and efficacy of the vaccine.

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9:58 PM, 2 Jan
Bharat Biotech has announced successful recruitment of 23,000 volunteers, and continued progress towards achieving the goal of 26,000 participants for Phase-3 clinical trial of COVAXIN across multiple sites in India: Bharat Biotech
9:26 PM, 2 Jan
A mock drill on COVID19 vaccine administration was held in all states & Union Territories at 286 session sites spread across 125 districts. Around 1,14,100 vaccinators were trained. More than 75 lakhs beneficiaries have been registered on Co-WIN software till date: Govt of India.
8:27 PM, 2 Jan
"We are fully prepared for the COVID-19 vaccination process," State Immunisation Officer Dr Ritu Thurr told PTI.
8:27 PM, 2 Jan
The dry run was conducted on 25 volunteers each at Dimapur District Hospital, Community Health Centre, Medziphema and Urban Primary Health Centre, Duncan Bosti, Dimapur, he said.
8:27 PM, 2 Jan
The Nagaland government on Saturday conducted a dry run for COVID-19 vaccination on 75 volunteers at three locations in Dimapur, a senior health official said.
8:02 PM, 2 Jan
A total of 25 ASHA and Anganwadi workers were administered dummy vaccines at Indira Gandhi Memorial Hospital in Agartala and two PHCs in Borakha and Gandhigram in West Tripura district, Dr Siddhartha Jaiswal, Mission Director of National Health Mission, Tripura said.
8:02 PM, 2 Jan
The Tripura government on Saturday conducted a dry run for COVID-19 vaccination at three locations in the state, a senior health official said.
7:20 PM, 2 Jan
The Meghalaya government on Saturday conducted a dry run for COVID-19 vaccination at five health facilities in the state, an official said.
6:41 PM, 2 Jan
Amid ongoing controversy over SP chief Akhilesh Yadav's "BJP's Covid-19 vaccine" statement, National Conference leader Omar Abdullah tweeted, "I don’t know about anyone else but when my turn comes I’ll happily roll up my sleeve and get a Covid-19 vaccine. This damn virus has been far too disruptive and if a vaccine helps bring about a semblance of normalcy after all the chaos then sign me up."
6:10 PM, 2 Jan
India successfully cultures the new viral strain on the horizon (UK-variant of SARS-CoV-2): Indian Council of Medical Research (ICMR).
5:49 PM, 2 Jan
"Vaccine is safe. People all over the world are taking the vaccine. There is not even a single incident of fatality due to the vaccination till now. People should not be afraid to take it," the governor said in a release.
5:49 PM, 2 Jan
Telangana Governor Tamilisai Soundararajan on Saturday urged people not to hesitate to take COVID-19 vaccine, saying it was safe.
5:43 PM, 2 Jan
Dry run of COVID19 vaccination is underway. On 5th January, dry run will be conducted across the state. I am confident that we will be able to bring vaccine around 'Makar Sankranti' & successfully defeat coronavirus: CM Yogi Adityanath.
5:32 PM, 2 Jan
It was held at Kalaburagi, Shivamogga, Mysuru, Belagavi, and Bengaluru districts in which 25 beneficiaries, including designated health staff at each of the identified Primary Health Centres, taluk and district hospitals, participated.
5:32 PM, 2 Jan
Dry run, an exercise for end-to- end testing of the COVID-19 vaccination process, was held "smoothly" in five districts of Karnataka on Saturday.
5:16 PM, 2 Jan
“India is perhaps the only country where four vaccines are getting ready. Serum's Covishield was yesterday approved for emergency use,” Union Minister Prakash Javadekar said.
5:10 PM, 2 Jan
The dry run for the COVID-19 vaccine will continue regularly across Assam till actual vaccination takes place.
5:08 PM, 2 Jan
During the dry runs, the support staff for the inoculation were given training and the state now is ready for the vaccination after receiving the vaccine, he said.
5:08 PM, 2 Jan
Rajasthan Health Department on Saturday conducted dry runs for anti-Covid vaccination at 19 centres of seven districts of the state as per the Centre’s protocol for the inoculation, an official said.
4:45 PM, 2 Jan
"Akhilesh Yadav's statement that he 'won't get vaccinated as it's a BJP vaccine' is very unfortunate...What can be more unfortunate than a young leader linking Covid-19 vaccine with a political party. It shows Akhilesh Yadav can't think above politics," says MoS Finance and BJP leader Anurag Thakur.
4:22 PM, 2 Jan
Bhopal: Health workers conduct the COVID-19 vaccination mock drill and the dry run at Government Community Health Centre in Bhopal
4:21 PM, 2 Jan
A dry run of vaccination was run at Gandhi Shatabdi Government Hospital in Dehradun.
4:14 PM, 2 Jan
Ranchi: Health workers show victory sign after the COVID-19 vaccination mock drill and the dry run at a government hospital in Ranchi
4:11 PM, 2 Jan
How can I trust BJP's vaccine, when our government will be formed everyone will get free vaccine. We cannot take BJP's vaccine: Samajwadi Party chief Akhilesh Yadav
3:55 PM, 2 Jan
Speaking at Delhi’s vaccination dry run at Maternity Mother and Child Welfare Centre (MCW), Daryaganj, Health Minister Satyendar Jain said that the Delhi government is prepared to vaccinate 1 lakh city residents everyday, once the vaccination process begins.
3:33 PM, 2 Jan
A dry run to assess the readiness of the mechanism laid out for the imminent COVID-19 immunisation drive was conducted successfully in Goa on Saturday, a top state health department official said.
3:12 PM, 2 Jan
n anticipation of a vaccine for the novel coronavirus that is just one step away from being approved by India’s top drug regulator, select hospitals across the country conducted an inoculation dry run Saturday.
2:53 PM, 2 Jan
According to reports, the vaccine will first be given to around one crore healthcare workers working in both government and private hospitals, according to the recommendation by the National Expert Group on Vaccine Administration for COVID-19 (NEGVAC).
2:27 PM, 2 Jan
Maharashtra: State Health Minister Rajesh Tope inspected the dry run for COVID-19 vaccine rollout being held in Jalna.
2:14 PM, 2 Jan
Dry run for COVID-19 vaccination administration underway at Venkateshwar Hospital in Delhi.

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