On Tuesday, health authorities were left red-faced after Covid vaccine boxes were transported on a bicycle from the vaccine storage center at the Government Hospital, Chauka Ghat during the dry run of the vaccine that started at six centers at 10 am to Varanasi District Women’s Hospital at Kabir Chaura.
Chief Medical Officer (CMO) Dr. VB Singh received a formal clarification from the cold storage handler on the question of arranging vaccine transportation from the storage center to the hospital.
Comments On Vaccine Storage:
About the vaccine storage, statements are made. “The dry run was completed at district women hospital, Kabir Chaura successfully. A vaccine porter transported the vaccine carrier (boxes) on a bicycle to the District Women Hospital from Urban CHC, Chauka Ghat. As the matter came to light, the porter was asked to go back to the Urban CHC, Chauka Ghat. In this regard, an explanation has been sought from the cold chain handler working at Chauka Ghat based Townhall Vaccine Distribution Center as to why he sent the porter while the vaccine carriers were already kept for the Corona Vaccination to be done in the coming days,” he said.
The cold chain would have to be preserved during the real transport of vaccines and all vaccines will be transported from storage centers to hospitals in an AC van, officials said.
Dr. Singh said that the dry run was successfully completed.
“Dry run (mock drill) of Covid-19 vaccination at pre-determined six sites, including District Women’s Hospital, Kabir Chaura, Urban Community Health Center, Shivpur, Community Health Centre (CHC) Haathi, CHC Misirpur, PHC Pindra and Heritage Hospital in the district was completed successfully. Dry run means the rehearsal of vaccination was done without applying Covid-19 vaccine,” he said in a statement.
District magistrate Kaushalraj Sharma said that there was no actual dry run vaccine. Using empty boxes, the dry run was completed, he said.
“The vaccine storage point is already established at the Women Hospital. During the dry run, the vaccine was not to be sent to the Women Hospital from Chauka Ghat. Therefore, a vehicle was not planned for the same,” Sharma said.
The DM also suggested that the cold chain handler at Chauka Ghat was given a show-cause notice for delivering the vaccine boxes by cycle.
Authorities of the health department acknowledged that while it was simply a dry run, it was deemed a lapse to hold the vaccine boxes in a bicycle.
“That’s because the dry run was held to ensure that such a lapse doesn’t occur during actual transportation,” an official said.