Vaccination drive: Dry run held at Hindu Rao Hospital, other civic facilities


India is gearing up for the big day as vaccination inoculation process is likely to begin in couple of weeks. Dry runs are being conducted in different parts of country to check preparations on all fronts pertaining to covid-19 vaccination. A similar exercise was held in the National Capital on Wednesday at the Hindu Rao Hospital and a few other civic facilities.

Giving out details about the dry run in the city, North Delhi Mayor Jai Prakash said a total of 34 people were given dummy vaccines at the Hindu Rao Hospital. He said all guidelines that will be followed when vaccination begins, were followed during the exercise. “In NDMC area, Hindu Rao Hospital and Kasturba Hospital were chosen for the dry run that took place this morning. I inspected the arrangement made at Hindu Rao,” he was quoted as saying by PTI report.

In the reception area in the hospitals, a waiting zone has been made, where people will come and after verification of their names through CoWIN app, they will be taken one by one for vaccination. “An emergency room is there and people will be told about the vaccine and its probable side effects before vaccination, and will be under observation if they exhibit any complications,” Prakash said.

Both the hospitals fall under the North Delhi Municipal Corporation (NDMC). “Hindu Rao has 900 beds and the Swine Flu ward, having 50 beds, has been earmarked for the vaccination centre there,” he said, adding out of 1,000 such centres that will eventually be set up, over 600 would fall in NDMC areas.

Official of the South Delhi Municipal Corporation also said, a dry run was scheduled for Wednesday. More details were awaited. Following sites in SDMC areas have been chosen for the exercise — MCW Hari Nagar; Polyclinic Madipur: MCW Bijawasan; MH Sriniwas Puri; MCW Fatehpur Beri; and MCW Defence Colony, officials said.

The first dry run for the coronavirus vaccination roll-out was held on Saturday at three sites across the national capital, officials said.

Delhi recorded 442 fresh COVID-19 cases, and 12 new fatalities on Tuesday, even as the positivity rate slumped at 0.55 per cent, authorities said. The infection tally in the city stood at over 6.27 lakh and death toll mounted to 10,609, they said.

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