Vaccination Dry run will be conducted at 263 places across Karnataka and Vaccination Drive should be people's movement, once we get the vaccine, said state Health Minister Dr K Sudhakar.
He was speaking to the media after the video conference with Union Health Minister Dr Harsh Vardhan.
Dr Sudhakar said that a detailed discussion was carried out with the Union Government regarding preparation and distribution of COVID vaccine. "We are conducting vaccination dry run at 263 places on January 8. Earlier it was planned at 3 locations in each district, but we have prepared to conduct at 7 locations in each district. This dry run will be held at 24 district hospitals, 20 medical colleges, 43 taluk hospitals, 31 community health centres, 87 primary health centres, 30 urban primary health care centres and 28 private health centres across the state," the Minister explained.
The Minister also said, "Centre has provided 24 lakh syringes, we have 10 walk-in coolers, 4 walk-in freezers, 3,201 ILRs 3039 deep freezers, 3,312 cold boxes, 46,591 vaccine carriers and 2,25,749 ice packs." Central government has also provided 64 Large ILRs with the capacity of 225 litres each. Remaining 2 walk-in coolers and 1 walk-in freezer will be received from the centre, he added.
As many as 6.30 lakh healthcare workers serving in both Government and Private sector have registered for vaccination and the window for registration is still open. Union government is providing 1 crore vaccines to all states. Police, health workers, defence personnel and Corona warriors will get the vaccine on priority, said the Minister.
*Other points made by the Minister*
• There is no harm from Vaccination, this will help the people and people should act responsibly.
• Polio vaccination drive will be held and 65 lakh children will be given vaccination.
• 6 crows have died in Dakshina Kannada district and sample are sent for testing. Precautionary measures have been taken in border districts to prevent bird flu.
• We should not spread unnecessary panic as lakhs of students are attending schools. Government has taken all safety measures.
Meanwhile, the Centre has asked the states to remain prepared for roll out of the COVID-19 vaccine.