Assam prepared for COVID-19 vaccination since September, dry run in all 33 districts

Assam, Jan 8: Assam is all set for rolling out trails and actual inoculation of health staff in both public and private medical facilities as it is one of the best performing states in the country for COVID-19 management.

The state has been preparing a COVID-19 vaccination plan since September to cover 1.75 lakh, frontline medical staff. Assam had been setting up cold chains for the vaccine for the last four months, officials said.

For months we are prepared. In fact, we started the build-up for vaccination since September and now we have several storage facilities. We have developed a central storage facility in Guwahati, apart from regional vaccine storages in five strategic locations in the state,” Assam Health Secretary Samir Sinha said.

We have local vaccine storage with modern refrigeration in 27 districts, in all we have 23 cold chain points,” he said.

Assam has trained close to 9,000 vaccinators and 1,700 supervisors. “Assam has 1.75 lakh, healthcare workers. They are the primary lot going to be inoculated in the first phase of vaccination,” Sinha added.

A dry run of vaccination was conducted at Kamrup Metro, Nalbari, and Sonitpur districts. The upcoming dry run will cover all 33 districts.

The dry run will be conducted at three health institutes in each district. A total of 25 beneficiaries will be invited to each center, officials added.

Apart from the dry run, a three-day training for health workers started on Thursday, covering 12,000 nurses.

So far, 1.75 lakh frontline health staff including ASHA and Anganwadi workers have registered themselves for COVID-19 vaccination in Assam, officials said.

“Once we roll out dry run in all the 33 districts, we will check if there are any communication issues, connectivity issues need to be tested since we have remote areas in the states including riverine areas, hills, tea gardens, so the focus is not to find shortcomings since our infrastructure and training is ready,” Sinha said.