Prime Minister Narendra Modi will launch the first phase of vaccination drive against coronavirus on January 16 at 10:30 a.m. using video conferencing. It is being termed as the world’s biggest vaccination drive because of the fact that it will be conducted at 3006 session sites across the country.

As many as 100 beneficiaries will be given the first shot at each of the session sites on Saturday. A toll free number, 1075 has been established for the people to inquire about the vaccination drive. A digital platform called CoWIN will manage the pan-India vaccination drive virtually.

“This digital platform will assist programme managers across National, State, and District levels while conducting vaccination sessions. It will help them track beneficiary coverage, beneficiary dropouts, sessions planned v/s sessions held and vaccine utilization,” the ministry said in a release.

The national drug regulator has approved two vaccines — Covishield and Covaxin — for emergency use though the beneficiaries will not be able to make a choice between the two vaccines. The Health Ministry has identified the priority groups, who will be vaccinated in a phased manner.

Healthcare workers, engaged in the government and private jobs, will be on the top of the priority list.

Union Health Minister Harsh Vardhan said CoWIN will provide a real time information about the stock of vaccines, storage temperature and help keep a track of the beneficieries.

“They can also view the metadata of vaccinations and Adverse Event Following Immunization (AEFI) reported from constituent districts across States and UTs. District administrators can additionally create session sites at any location by entering the pin-code, followed by specifying the locality or villages and subsequently assigning a vaccinator,” Dr. Vardhan said.