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Thursday, 13 May 2021 12.02 AM IST

COVID-19 vaccination dry run successful in state, says health dept

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THIRUVANANTHAPURAM: The state health department on Friday said that the dry run for Covid-19 vaccination was carried out successfully at 46 centres across 14 districts in the state.

The department said in a statement that the exercise was successful in both the urban and rural areas of the state.

"All the mandatory trial runs were conducted in all the centres of the state," the statement added.

The state has requested the centre for 5 lakh doses of COVID vaccine. 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 COVID vaccine is slated to reach here from 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.

Officials added that the current vaccine storage capacity in the state is sufficient for more than 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 state's primary health centres have 1,589 ILRs and 69 large ILRs. The Union health ministry has already earmarked 20 more ILRs, 1,800 vaccine carriers and 12,000 ice packs for Kerala.

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