States allowed to update inoculation data manually

States allowed to update inoculation data manually

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New Delhi | Srinagar: Ahead of the Covid vaccine rollout on Saturday, the health ministry has set new protocols for state governments struggling with connectivity issues and given them permission to update the mandatory Co-WIN app when the network is available. Three states – Jharkhand, Chhattisgarh and Telangana and the Union territory of Jammu & Kashmir had flagged network connectivity as a concern area to the Centre and sought permission to update inoculation data manually. Ahead of the public immunisation drive starting Saturday, the government has formulated an offline module to address connectivity issues.

Chhattisgarh National Health Mission director Priyanka Shukla told ET: “We have been given the offline module after we flagged that there are remote tribal districts where there is no internet connectivity.” As per the health ministry guidelines for Covid public immunisation, every beneficiary’s details have to be updated in the Co-WIN app, which is an online digital platform that will facilitate real-time information of vaccine stocks, storage temperature and individualised tracking of beneficiaries for Covid-19 vaccine.

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The protocols mandate that the details are updated in the app as soon as a person is inoculated. However, the states reported that there were connectivity issues. Telangana reported some glitches in 14 of 31 districts. Chhattisgarh and Jharkhand both reported problems in remote tribal districts and sought help in using satellite connectivity for updating data. J&K had informed the Centre that the Union territory only had 2G connectivity and in many districts had no network. The states would now enter the data in the Co-WIN app in the offline mode and as soon as there is network connectivity, these data would automatically be uploaded on the app. This would also prevent any errors which could occur in case of manual update.

“We conducted dry runs and didn’t face much problem besides, the app can work in offline mode as well,” said Atal Dulloo, J&K’s financial commissioner for health and medical education. The administration has also decided to use helicopter service to deliver vaccines to far flung areas like Gurez, Tanghdar, Madwa which remain cut off due to recent snowfall. “We have made all the preparations for the vaccination. The vaccinators could upload the information from anywhere even without the Internet. Later the information would get uploaded on the central portal, once the vaccinator reaches areas with connectivity,” said Qazi Haroon, J&K’s immunisation officer.



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