Kerala model: How they got more out of its vaccine vials

On May 1, a central government data on the Covid vaccine revealed that Kerala and Andhra Pradesh were the only provinces to have consumed more vaccines than they had.

Kerala has been able to achieve zero due to the firm adherence to final policies, transport and utilization, is an organization of dedicated and intelligent health workers and, at the very least, a highly cohesive community that has wasted no time in acquiring firearms.

Kerala CM Pinarayi Vijayan, who was posted on Tuesday with Kerala’s success in removing the last drop from all the containers, has this special reference to “our health workers, especially nurses who have done very well and deserve our heartfelt thanks!” He added: “Kerala received 73,38,806 doses of vaccine from GoI. We provided 74,26,164 doses, and even used the extra dose available as a waste product in each container.”

Kerala model: How they got more out of its vaccine vials
Kerala model: How they got more out of its vaccine vials

Dr Mohammed Asheel also emphasized on this , he who is the executive director of the Kerala Social Security Mission. He also said that their nurses are doing well in their work. They have been told to make sure that the medicine is not damaged at all and that they have received it.

Wastage normally occurs at three levels: during transportation, at the cold chain point; and the last at the vaccination site — both at service and at the delivery levels. They also ensured proper vaccine inventory management.

Each 5 ml of the vaccine has 10 doses which can be used for 10 persons in total. A skilled nurse can get up to 11 to 13 doses from each vial of the vaccine that is provided. Generally, there is 1.1 % wastage of the vaccine. In other words, in a vial of 10 dosages, an average of one dosage may be wasted, with only 8 to 9 persons getting vaccinated from one vial instead of 10. Lisha L, infection control nurse, Government Medical College, Kollam said that they are trained to ensure that we take the correct dose of 0.5 ml in the syringe without any air, ensuring zero wastage and saving some too. Most of them have been involved in the vaccination drive from the time the Covid vaccine was introduced in India.

Each 5 ml container of medicine contains 10 doses which can be given to a total of 10 people. A skilled nurse can increase 11 to 13 doses per serving. Usually there is a 1.1% disadvantage of a vaccine. In other words, in a 10-container container, one dose can be spilled and instead of 10 only 8 to 9 people are vaccinated in one container. She also said that they have been trained to ensure that we take the correct dose of 0.5 ml syringe without air, to ensure minimal damage and to keep others afloat. Most of them have been involved in the vaccination program since the introduction of Covid vaccine in India.

Kerala has also ensured that those who qualify for vaccination appear during the time of the jab. This is important as once the container is open, the values ​​must be consumed within first four hours, otherwise it gets waste, and the remaining quantities must be destroyed. To overcome this, Kerala has decided that they will only use the vial after confirming that there are 10 people found with jab.

Initially when there were problems with the CoWIN app, staff at each vaccination center would prepare a list of those who had registered for the vaccine and then contact them personally on the day of the vaccination as many of them did not receive an SMS with the vaccine registration.

Dr MM Haneesh, Covid nodal officer, Seaport and Airport said that they have regional vaccine stores in Thiruvananthapuram, Ernakulam and Kozhikode. As soon as the vaccine arrives in the state, it is then shifted to the cold storage in the vaccine stores at the regional level. Then vaccines required in a day are delivered to different vaccination centres. Dr Jayakrishnan AV, chairman, Indian Medical Association’s (IMA) committee for vaccination promotion and coordination said that the vaccine wastage was reported from several states mainly due to their failure to make the vaccination centres in each district and evenly distribute the vaccines.

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