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Collective effort needed to achieve 100% vaccination coverage : MandaviyaNew Delhi: Noting that Jan-bhagidari, NGOs, CSOs and develop partners played an essential role in helping the deprived during the pandemic and further in India’s vaccination programme, Union Health Minister Mansukh Mandaviya reiterated that the vaccination achievement belongs to the entire country and its citizens, not just the government alone.

In an interaction with stakeholders working to increase the COVID vaccination coverage along with the government, he attributed the success of the vaccination drive to all the experts and stakeholders providing their expertise, knowledge and resources for the success of the vaccination drive.

“India stood tall in COVID crisis because of the initiative of non-government organisations and civil society organisations who supplemented the efforts of the government to ensure that nobody went to sleep on a hungry stomach during the COVID lockdown,” Mandaviya said.

Giving an example of the overburdening of healthcare systems and services in developed countries due to subsequent waves of the COVID-19 pandemic, the Union health minister further expounded that it is essential to administer both doses to 100% of India’s population to end the pandemic in the country. He appreciated the efforts put in by NGOs, political parties and citizens and asked them to join the endeavour of reaching 100% vaccination coverage to protect India from the pandemic.

The stakeholders present at the meet highlighted the necessity of a vaccination exercise like ‘Jan Andolan’ to generate community awareness and communicate the importance of a second dose in protecting from serious illness and hospitalization.

He also suggested that stickers for houses to notify completion of both doses of COVID-19 vaccines should be given to fully vaccinated families to encourage uptake of vaccine among the population. Some other methods suggested for improving the communication and awareness were dissemination of information on the campaign through NGO,CSO in social media channels, use of audio-visual content for posting and amplifying positive messages, invigorating advocacy with leading medical professionals at national,state and district level for positive messaging around COVID-19 vaccination amongst other to myths, misconceptions and doubts related to COVID-19 Vaccine.

The organisations present at the meet appreciated the efforts of the government for quick development and scale-up of production of indigenously manufactured vaccines.

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