Districts prepare for 1st phase of COVID-19 vaccination

District Task Force meetings were held in Dimapur, Kohima, Mon and Mokokchung ahead of the first phase of COVID-19 vaccine rollout in Nagaland scheduled on January 16. (Photo Courtesy: DIPR/CMO Mokokchung)
District Task Force meetings were held in Dimapur, Kohima, Mon and Mokokchung ahead of the first phase of COVID-19 vaccine rollout in Nagaland scheduled on January 16. (Photo Courtesy: DIPR/CMO Mokokchung)

Dimapur, January 14 (MExN): As Nagaland prepares to conduct the first phase of COVID-19 vaccination on January 16 along with the rest of the country, district task forces (DTFs) across the State reviewed preparedness for the same.

21 vaccination sites in Dimapur 
In Dimapur, the meeting of District Task Force (DTF) for COVID-19 vaccine was held at the DC conference hall on January 14.

Rajesh Soundararajan, Deputy Commissioner (DC) Dimapur informed that the DTF for COVID-19 vaccine Dimapur was the first in the state to plan and successfully carried out the dry-run of the vaccination on January 2. The details of the beneficiaries have been uploaded in the CO-Win portal and on January 16, the first phase of vaccination will be launched in District Hospital Dimapur. The vaccination drive will be carried out in a phase-wise manner with priority to health workers, frontline workers and those above 50 years of age, the DC informed.

Dr Rebecca, DPO, UIP/RCH presented an overview of disease and COVID-19 vaccine. She highlighted the criteria for identification of vaccination sites and appropriate ways to set up the rooms at the sites. She also informed the members on the roles and responsibilities of the vaccination team members. She further informed that in the district, there will be a total of 21 vaccination sites and 54 sessions. A total of 4894 beneficiaries will be vaccinated in five days during the first phase. She also informed the members on the different levels of monitoring and supervisions to be carried out during the vaccination drive and also on the roles and responsibilities of the Supervisors and Monitors.

Rajesh K Monsang, Project Officer, UNDP oriented the members on vaccines and cold chain management. He also stated that the entire COVID-19 vaccination drive will be digitized using the CO-Win App. He further informed that only those beneficiaries registered in the CO-Win portal will be eligible for vaccination. An SMS alert will be sent to the beneficiaries providing the details of the vaccination site, date, time, etc. 

The DC in his closing remarks stated that all necessary logistics and infrastructure are in place for the first phase of vaccination and different plans will be made for different phases. He urged the concerned officials check the internet connectivity and preparedness of the vaccination site before the vaccination drive. He also urged all stakeholders to take collective responsibilities during the vaccination drive and also be prepared for manpower requisitions during the subsequent phases of vaccination.

Kohima DTF discusses vaccine rollout
The Kohima DTF meeting which was held on January 13 also deliberated on the roll out of COVID-19 vaccination.

According to a DIPR report, Chief Medical Oficer (CMO) Dr Vezokholu delivered a presentation on the introduction of COVID-19 vaccine, operational planning for vaccination, types of session sites for different priority groups, role of vaccination officers and vaccine management. 

DIO Dr Rupert and Dr Imli also presented on frequently asked questions on COVID-19 vaccine and its related matters, preparedness level and also shared on the observation and challenges faced during the dry runs conducted at NHAK, UPHC Seikhazou and PHC Kimipfüphe, Kohima recently.

In this regard, the Deputy Commissioner (DC) Kohima Mohammed Ali Shihab A said that proper micro plan is required, which needs to be sensitized to the masses.

He therefore called for a separate meeting and further sought for collective effort from stakeholders and Departments. He also directed officers in his administration to hold meetings in their respective areas for planning in order to implement the vaccination successfully, the DIPR report added.

Mkg CMO calls for collective effort
2546 beneficiaries have been registered for the first phase of COVID-19 vaccination in Mokokchung, according to Dr Ayangla Saku DPO (UIP&RCH).

She said that the 1st phase would cover health care workers (only registered), members of task force for COVID-19 and Anganwadi workers.

This was informed during the Mokokchung District Task Force meeting on COVID-19 vaccination held at the ADC Conference Hall on January 14 under the chairmanship of ADC Mokokchung Shashank Pratap Singh, according to a report from the office of the Chief Medical Officer (CMO), Mokokchung.

Dr R Chubala Aier CMO informed the House about the launching of COVID-19 vaccine on January 16 and encouraged the members and allied departments to work with collective efforts for the success of the programme.

Dr Ayangla Saku further highlighted the need for proper supervision and monitoring of the COVID-19 vaccination activity.

Mon ready with 95 vaccination teams
Mon District Task Force Committee for COVID-19 vaccination held its second meeting on January 14 at the DC's conference hall under the chairmanship of Deputy Commissioner, Mon, Thavaseelan K.

According to a DIPR report, Dr Shasinle Tep DPO (UIP&RCH) announced that the launching of the Covidshield vaccine will be organized on January 16 at DH Mon.

She also highlighted that the first phase of vaccination is for the Health Workers and that there would be a total of 10 session site which include Mon DVS, Mon DH, Tizit PHC, Phomching PHC, Aboi CHC, Chen PHC, Changlangshu PHC, Tobu CHC,Wakching PHC, Naginimora PHC with 17 sessions and 95 vaccination team targeting 1397 beneficiaries.

Dr Shasinle mentioned that the team is ready for the first phase but needs to prepare for the 2nd and 3rd phase as it will involve more beneficiaries.

The DC has asked the DPO to furnish the list of issues and requirements for the said phases so as to precede matters in order of time.

The meeting also discussed setting up and conducting vaccination sessions, monitoring and supervision, Covidshield factsheet and FAQs by Dr Shasinle Tep DPO (UIP&RCH) and Bonnie DPM.