The Kerala health department administered by the Health Minster KK Shilaja on Friday said that the dry run for Covid-19 vaccination was carried out successfully at 46 centres across 14 districts in the state.
“All the mandatory trial runs were conducted in all the centres of the state,” the Health ministry statement added. The health department officials said that even if the quantity of doses is more, the department has all the facilities available to store them.
The state has requested the Centre for 5 lakh doses of Covid vaccine. The Covid vaccine is scheduled to reach Thiruvananthapuramfrom Chennai and the health department has put in place all the proper distribution channels across the state.
The first Covid-19 vaccination dry run in Kerala was conducted on January 2 at 6 centres in Thiruvananthapuram, Palakkad, Wayanad and Idukki districts. Officials added that the current vaccine storage capacity in the state is adequate for over 10 lakh Covid vaccine doses.
The vaccine storage centres in Thiruvananthapuram, Ernakulam and Kozhikode, as well as the district vaccine centres together, have three walk-in coolers and 521 ice-lined refrigerators (ILRs). The Union health ministry has already earmarked 20 more ILRs, 1,800 vaccine carriers and 12,000 ice packs for Kerala.