A dry run for vaccination against Covid-19 is underway in all 75 districts of Uttar Pradesh today.

"The mock drill started at 10 am in the morning. It will help us to identify gaps in preparation and take corrective steps so that everything is conducted smoothly when actual vaccination is done," Additional health chief secretary of the state Amit Mohan Prasad.

The state government is conducting dry runs to assess the preparedness for administering shots to millions of people.

Meanwhile, Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath visited Dr Ram Manohar Lohia Institute of Medical Sciences to review the preparedness.

“The dry run is to ensure the procedures for the actual vaccination are followed correctly by those responsible. Each district will have (at least) six sites, three in the rural pocket and three in urban localities,” Prasad said at a press conference.

The state-run GIMS and privately-operated Sharda Hospital are among the six institutes which will have a dry run for COVID-19 vaccination in Gautam Buddh Nagar district in Uttar Pradesh, according to officials.

Each site will have a minimum of two sessions and the same process will be followed when the actual vaccination starts. He directed that the sites should be ready with a waiting area, vaccination room and observation room. The waiting area and observation area should have proper sitting arrangements.

In a dry run for vaccination, the entire process is followed except for actually administering the vaccine.

“Whenever the vaccine is made available, we will be able to vaccinate the pre-decided groups conveniently as the staff will learn the process in the dry run for the Covid-19 inoculation,” he explained.