COVID-19 vaccination: states receive 41,000 refrigerators, 45,000 frozen refrigerators | Indian News

New Delhi: The guidelines for assessment of cold chain equipment were issued to all states and they received at least 240 incoming refrigerators, 70 incoming freezers, 45,000 ice-cold refrigerators, 41,000 deep freezers and 300 solar refrigerators for vaccine against COVID-19. , said Union Health Ministry here on Tuesday (December 15).

Addressing media preparations for COVID-19 vaccine, Union Health Secretary Rajesh Bhushan said guidelines for assessment of electrical and non-electric cold chain equipment and its reinforcement had been published to all states and Union Territories.

Rajesh Bhushan said the guidelines for the management of cold chain in last points and session places were also published, adding that all states have already received 29,000 cold chain points and cold chain equipment which include “240 entry coolers, 70 entries in freezers , 45,000 ice-cold refrigerators, 41,000 refrigerators and 300 solar refrigerators “.

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The Center has set up a multi-level governmental mechanism that will help the COVID-19 vaccination program, Bhushan said, adding that at least 36 states and UTs have ended meetings of the state governing committee as well as state tasks.

He further said that about 633 districts have concluded meetings of the district task force, adding that about 23 ministries / departments in the state and central governments have been identified and assigned roles (planning, implementation, social mobilization, awareness) for the vaccine. -roll.

Bhushan said the Ministry of Health has also completed the training modules for doctors, vaccine officers, alternative vaccine officers, cold chain administrators, supervisors, data managers, ASHA coordinators and added that physical and internet training has started in all states and union territories.

He said detailed instructions had been issued on infection prevention and control practices during vaccination, adding that instructions had been given to states for management of mild, severe or serious Adverse Events After Immunization (AEFI).

“States must identify at least one AEFI Management Center in each block – primary health centers, community health centers, district hospitals, private health facilities or any other fixed health facility with physicians and para-medical staff as AEFI Management Centers,” he said.

All session websites would be linked to selected AEFI Management Centers. Reporting on AEFI will be done through Co-WIN, a digital platform for real-time monitoring of COVID-19 vaccine, Bhushan said, adding that it will enable people to register. for vaccination.