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NEW DELHI: The Union health ministry on Tuesday said 29,000 cold chain points, 240 inlet coolers, 70 inlets, 45,000 ice-covered refrigerators, 41,000 refrigerators and 300 solar refrigerators will be used to store Covid-19 vaccine.
Giving the details of cold chain management at a press conference here, Union Secretary of State Rajesh Bhushan said guidelines for assessment of electrical and non-electric cold chain equipment and their reinforcement were given to states of the Center.
The guidelines for cold chain management at the end of cold chain points and meeting places have also been published, he said.
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“A total of 29,000 cold chain points, 240 inlet refrigerators, 70 inlets, 45,000 ice-cold refrigerators, 41,000 refrigerators and 300 solar refrigerators will be used,” Bhushan said.
“All of this equipment has already been delivered to the states. Some other equipment is being delivered,” he said.
Giving more details on the preparations, the senior official said 36 states and union territories have concluded meetings of State Steering Committees and State Task Force, while 633 districts have concluded meetings of the District Task Force in this regard.
Twenty-three ministries and departments in the Center and states have been identified and assigned roles such as planning, implementation, social mobilization, awareness, among others, for the launch of vaccines, he said.
Training modules for physicians, vaccine officers, alternative vaccine officers, cold chain managers, supervisors, data managers and ASHA coordinators have also been completed, and physical training and training on virtual / online platforms has begun, the health secretary said.
He also added national and state Coach Training (ToT) workshops.
In response to a media question, Bhushan said state governments are allowed to form vaccine sites even at units where the army or paramilitaries are stationed.
Vaccinating 100-200 people in each session daily, monitoring them for 30 minutes after administering the shots for any adverse event and allowing only one beneficiary at a time is among the guidelines published by the Center for Covid-19 Inoculation.
According to the guidelines issued to states recently, the Covid Vaccine Intelligence Network (Co-WIN) system – a digitized platform – will be used to track recruited beneficiaries for the vaccination and coronary antivirus vaccines in real time.