Udupi, Jan 08, 2021: Dr TMA Pai Hospital, Udupi successfully conducted the dry run for COVID-19 vaccination, as part of the nationwide rehearsal today.
The session started at 10 am and concluded at 12.30 pm. Twenty-five randomly selected staff members were the COVID-19 vaccine beneficiaries during this rehearsal. All the protocols as recommended by the District & State government teams were strictly adhered to.
The vaccine beneficiaries were given specific time slots. The first step was to check the registration and photo ID verification of the beneficiary, following which they were seated in a waiting room with appropriate facilities and educational displays.
The second step was to verify and authenticate the beneficiaries in the Co-Win online portal of Govt of India & vaccinate the beneficiary. After getting vaccinated, they were observed in the post-vaccination room for a period of 30 minutes, after which they were sent home.
Dr. Mohamed Riaz – Senior Resident, Dept of Medicine; Jayalaxmi and Mamatha- Staff nurses, Devaki and Mrs. Praveena – Associates ; Mr. Vasanth and Naveen – Security staf, Guru and Dhananjay – Supervisors ; Venecia – Executive Operations, Deepak Prabhu – Senior Manager – Operations and Marketing and other team members were actively involved in this dry run and rehearsal. Dr Prashanth Bhat and Dr Premananda from the Health Department visited the hospital and appreciated the arrangements made.
The time taken for vaccinating each beneficiary was 6-8 minutes. Deepak Prabhu said the entire exercise has helped them in understanding the system in a better way for this vaccination drive along with the manpower requirements.
Dr. Shashikiran Umakanth, Medical Superintendent and Nodal Officer for COVID-19 defined rolling out of COVID-19 as a good development.
Dr TMA Pai Hospital, Udupi, was in the frontline of managing COVID-19 patients in Udupi district until October. The hospital has resumed normal functioning since then, as the number of COVID-19 patients has significantly reduced in the district, with most of the patients managed in government hospitals.