RotaVac Rollout

Title: EARLY IMPLEMENTATION OF ROLLOUT OF ROTAVIRUS VACCINE IN THE PUBLIC HEALTH SYSTEM UNDER MONITORING

Duration: 03 years (2015-2018)

Collaborators: Department of Biotechnology, BIRAC, INCLEN, CHRD-SAS, CMC Vellore, KEMHRC Pune
Leaders: Dr. Sanjay Juvekar and Dr. Ashish Bavdekar 

Rationale:
The competent body of the Government of India, NTAGI, has recently recommended phased introduction of indigenous rotavirus vaccine in India. NTAGI also recommended that the initial pilot rollout should be carefully monitored and observed by the relevant Government agencies with support from National academic institutes and centers. Three sites have been identified for this pilot rollout at Vellore, Pune and Himachal Pradesh in North India. For any new vaccine introduced in the public health program globally it is important to gain experience on the following:

  • Cold chain capacity
  • Logistics for vaccine supply
  • Prepare tools and processes for immunization
  • Observation of practices at sites during immunization

During rollout in addition to the above, a passive surveillance process to carefully note information on any rare side effects should be done through engagement with local hospital systems.

Aims and Objectives:

  1. To examine logistics for administration of a rotavirus vaccine in immunization sessions
  2. To utilize this opportunity to obtain additional information on a flagged side effect like intussusception and to gain experience in applying the SCCS method for future use in the country for introduction of new vaccines with rare side-effects

Methodology:
Limited rollout of the ROTAVAC vaccine through public health system in designated three states representing areas to understand operational issues of introduction of new vaccines and independently identify events of rare side effects like intussusception in sentinel health facilities through passive surveillance

Study population / sample size: 1,000,000/33,000

Outcome - some results / links to publication if applicable: Not applicable

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