Bengaluru/Ramanagara: Deputy Chief Minister C. N. Ashwath Narayana rolled up his sleeves and asked a government hospital nurse to administer him the “first shot” of the vaccine while taking part in a nation-wide Covid-19 vaccination dry run in different health facilities.

The incident took place when Narayana, who is also Ramanagara district in-charge minister, was at the local government hospital, to take stock of how the vaccination dry run was conducted there.

District health officer Niranjan explained to the minister about the procedures such as, each individual after taking vaccination, must stay at least 30 minutes in an exclusive room next to the vaccination ward. The second dry run of Covid-19 vaccination in the State was held in 263 vaccine session sites across all districts on Friday.

It was conducted to assess the State’s preparedness at all levels before the actual rollout of the Covid-19 vaccine for 6,35,986 registered healthcare workers in the first phase, said Health and Medical Education Minister K. Sudhakar.

Sudhakar had said on Thursday that the union government had directed all states to take up Covid-19 vaccination on a campaign mode.

The minister who visited some facilities in Bengaluru, where the dry run was conducted. said, arrangements and preparedness were quite good, and the process was being followed as per the guidelines issued.


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