Endgame Corona: Lucknow gears up for real time vaccination against COVID – 19

Lucknow: As India gears up to start its vaccination against COVID – 19, nearly 9 lakh health care workers will be vaccinated first in the state. In a state that has 5,235 government healthcare facilities and number of facilities in the private sector is about 21,280, there are 35,000 COVID vaccination centres. As per available data, each team of vaccinators is expected to vaccinate atleast 100 persons per day.

The vaccination campaign will include government and private sector health care workers. Among those getting the first shots will be frontline workers, central and state police forces, revenue workers and municipal workers. Later vaccines will be made available to people above the age of 50 years and  later the folks up to 50 years of age.

The vaccination will happen as per sequence laid down by the government. Efforts will be on for safe storage, having a cold chain system, making equipment available and making sure transportation is easy. Chief Minister Yogi has said that one must ensure all preparations and arrangements are done in time. The district administration will be deploying a nodal officer to bring interdepartmental coordination. District magistrate, senior superintendent of police and superintendent of police, the chief medical officer will be responsible for COVID vaccination campaign at district level.

Across U.P. a dry run of the Coronavirus vaccine has been on in 75 districts of Uttar Pradesh. As per Ministry of Health, any feedback that comes out during the dry run of the Coronavirus vaccine will be included in the Coronavirus vaccination guidelines.

UP CM Yogi Adityanath inspected the dry run at Dr. Ram Manohar Lohia Institute of Medical Science, Lucknow. UP’s Additional Chief Secretary Amit Mohan Prasad said that the dry run of the Coronavirus vaccine has been helpful in the preparedness of the vaccination campaign. The feedback received during the dry run of the Coronavirus vaccine in Uttar Pradesh will be included in the Coronavirus vaccination guidelines.

A dry run in the city has been seen in several noted medical facilities like SGPGI, KGMU, Lohia Institute, Sahara, Medanta, Lokbandhu, Ramsagar Mishra-BKT, Era Medical College, besides Kakori, Malihabad and Indiranagar. Instructions have also been given to install CCTV cameras at all centers.

At the same time, the dry run of the vaccine was conducted on 50 people at PGI and Medanta.

The state government is preparing to start the work of Corona vaccination in the state from January 14, Makar Sankranti. In the first phase, nine lakh health workers in the first phase and 20 lakh frontline workers in the second phase will get the Corona vaccine. The vaccine will be administered two days every week. If the first phase commences between 15 and 20 January, the second phase will be completed by February.

The Drugs Controller General of India (DCGI) has announced it has approved the emergency use of the vaccine Covishield of Oxford University-AstraZeneca developed by the Serum Institute in India and Covaxin by India-based company Bharat Biotech.  The Centre is now eyeing procurement deals with related companies.


We are trying to identify the challenges and problems that we might face when actual vaccine process will begin, via the dry run and accordingly address them. District Magistrates (DM) are the in-charges of this exercise and we are continuously monitoring this exercise.

Amit Mohan Prasad, Additional Chief Secretary (Health) 

We have held two dummy trials. The dry runs have gone off well. But ultimately everyone knows that these are dummy vaccines. Performance on actual vaccination day matters. What will matter is a synergy between medical, police and administration teams. Safety of individual will be crucial and medical complications will be a no – no. RML will vaccinate 900 on a given day.

Dr A.K. Singh, Director, RMLIMS, Lucknow

The Dry run at Medanta was carried out in the presence of officials from UNICEF, WHO, the local administration and even the CMO kept a close watch. The trials have been appreciated. We have duly identified the place where the entire process will take place- right from the verification, to the waiting area, vaccine observation room to keeping 4 emergency beds on standby.

Dr Rakesh Kapoor, Medical Director, Medanta Lucknow

Preparations are on in full swing. It is estimated that atleast 18,000 to 20,000 vaccines will be administered in a day. It is a busy time with zoom meetings and mockdrills. The entire process of taking the vaccines from stores to block and then the field is being chalked out. A complete drill is also being done to ensure the administration, law enforcers and medical workers are in sync.

Dr Sanjay Bhatnagar, CMO, Lucknow


Valid documents for COVID – 19 vaccine registration

  • Aadhar Card
  • Voter ID Card
  • Driving Licence
  • PAN Card
  • Service ID Card
  • MNREGA Job Card
  • Passport
  • Smart Card
  • Pension ID letter
  • Office ID letter
  • Bank/Post Office passbook
  • Health insurance Smart Card
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