Union Health Minister Dr. Mansukh Mandaviya has urged States and Union Territories to ensure collectively through collaborative and multi-stakeholder efforts that no eligible citizen is left without the COVID-19 vaccine.
Interacting with Health Ministers of all States and UTs to take forward the campaign of ‘Har Ghar Dastak’, he asked them to reach each corner and household and motivate people to take both the doses. The Minister stated that at present 79 per cent of the adult population has got the first dose and 38 per cent of the eligible population has received the second dose. He also urged them to ensure that all the adult population is covered with the first doses during the campaign while those, who are due for the second doses, are also motivated to take it. He also asked States and UTs to rope in children for taking forward the message of full vaccination.
The Minister reiterated Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s mop-up strategies for strengthening the campaign including deploying ‘Prachar Toli’ in advance to villages. A strategy of multiple vaccination teams to ensure 100 per cent coverage in the targeted area in a time-bound manner, development of a ranking mechanism for identifying and felicitating the vaccination teams which administer the maximum number of vaccine doses, utilizing local weekly Bazaars for creating awareness and providing vaccination services, collaborating with local religious and community leaders were stressed by Dr. Mandaviya. He also suggested to start Vaccination Centres at Bus Stations and Railway Stations especially in large metros. The Minister also cautioned all States and UTs that COVID-19 was not over saying cases are rising globally. Dr. Mandaviya assured the states of required vaccine supply.
During the meeting, the State Health Ministers expressed their gratitude to the Union Health Minister for the supply of vaccines, drugs, financial and technical resources for COVID management. They also shared the innovative steps being taken to ensure saturation of vaccination, especially in the low-performing districts.