Mumbai: The dry run for COVID-19 vaccination was effectively conducted at 114 places over the state on Friday, said Maharashtra Health Minister Rajesh Tope. The dry run was conducted at 23 district hospitals, 30 sub-district and rural hospitals, 32 primary health centres, 29 urban health centres and metropolitan hospitals, said Tope. Other than, compared to the voting process, ink should be applied on the finger of the person who is vaccinated and a request regarding the same has been made to the Union Health Department, informed Tope. Even if the Centre does not give permission, the state government will implement it, said the Minister.

The COVID-19 vaccine is free of cost for the priority groups amid the primary stage of the inoculation drive. The Centre should give the vaccine free of cost to those under the poverty line even afterward, said Tope. He too educated that a request regarding the same has been made to the Union Health Minister Dr. Harsh Vardhan. Tope further added that the final choice on when to dispatch the vaccination drive in Maharashtra would be taken by Chief Minister Uddhav Thackeray and Deputy Chief Minister Ajit Pawar after the supply of vaccines and the Central Government’s declaration of dates for starting the vaccination drive.

Besides, 3,693 fresh COVID-19 cases were reported on Friday. “Today, newly 3693 patients have been tested as positive in the state. Also newly 2890 patients have been cured today. Totally 1858999 patients are cured & discharged from the hospitals. Total Active patients are 51838. The patient recovery rate in the state is 94.75%,” tweeted Tope.

In the meantime, 25 volunteers participated in the mock process of the COVID-19 vaccine dry run at the civic-run RN Cooper Healing center at Juhu, Rajawadi Hospital at Ghatkopar and the BKC Jumbo Centre. Civic authorities said the drill is being done check to gauge preparedness, understanding and adherence to protocols.