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Last lap of COVID-19 vaccination needs aggressive campaigning : MandaviyaNew Delhi : Interacting with the health secretaries and senior officials from the Health Department of states and UTs reporting low vaccination coverage, the Union Health Minister, Manshukh Mandaviya propounded on launching an aggressive campaign to ensure 100 percent double dose vaccination coverage across the country.

He virtually interacted with health officials from Manipur, Meghalaya, Nagaland and Puducherry to review the status of vaccination coverage and the Har Ghar Dastak campaign.

The Union Territory Puducherry (66 percent first dose coverage, 39 percent second dose) and states of Nagaland (49 percent first dose, 36 percent second dose), Meghalaya (57 percent first dose, 38 percent second dose) and Manipur (54 percent first dose, 36 percent second dose) lag behind the national average of 82 percent first dose coverage and 43 percent second dose coverage. Apart from Puducherry, the vaccination coverage remains below 60 percent in contrast to above 80 reported in other parts of the country.

Reiterating that vaccination is the most potent weapon to fight the COVID-19 pandemic, Mandaviya urged the States/UTs to innovatively rope in all stakeholders including NGOs, faith-based organisations, religious leaders, community influencers and other partners to motivate and mobilise all eligible population to get themselves vaccination.

He annotated, “We are in the last lap of COVID19 Vaccination. Let us launch an aggressive campaign to ensure full COVID-19 vaccination by increasing the pace of vaccination,expanding the coverage and ensure collectively that no eligible citizen is left without the ‘Suraksha Kawachh’ of COVID19 vaccine in the country, and to address issues of hesitancy, misinformation, superstition etc.”

He suggested various initiatives, including the deployment of all State Govt officials to motivate and mobilise them towards full vaccination.

Asked the States to prepare detailed district-wise micro plans, deploy adequate number of teams and to regularly review the daily progress of the low performing districts and make innovative short videos to address target groups for hesitancy, along with effective use of various social media platforms and traditional media.

Speaking on the effective mobilisation strategies that have been successfully used, he said “I have observed during my recent visit to Arunachal Pradesh the use of stickers of “Fully Vaccinated Home “. Similar innovative strategies can be used in other states too. States can also make children and students as COVID19 Vaccination Ambassadors to urge and motivate the elders and eligible members in their families and communities to take both doses of COVID19 vaccine”

The states attending the virtual address have reported low vaccination coverage. Meghalaya with a target population of over 20 lakh has administered the first dose to eight lakh people with over 2.5 lakh due beneficiaries for the second dose. Manipur has been performing on similar lines with over 10 lakh people yet to receive their first dose and over 3.7 lakh due beneficiaries for their second dose out of a target population of 23.4 lakhs.

Nagaland with a target population of 14.7 lakhs, has over 7.5 lakh remaining to receive the first dose and 1.2 lakh beneficiaries due for second doses. Puducherry which has performed comparatively better but still lower than the national average, has over 3.88 lakh people yet to receive first dose and 1.91 lakh eligible but yet to receive 2nd dose out of the 11.3 lakhs population.





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