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‘The First Million’ initiative launched in Nagaland

Nagaland News

Dimapur, October 26: Deputy Commissioner, Mon, Thavaseelan K, IAS flagged off the Nagaland chapter of American India Foundation’s (AIF) ‘The First Million’, an initiative to vaccinate a million most vulnerable and marginalized Indians.

‘The First Million’ is being rolled out in Mon and Kiphire in collaboration with the Government of Nagaland. Through its mobilization and outreach partners Prodigals Home and end to end facilitation partner Common Services Centre (CSC), AIF will prioritize marginalized groups in this uniquely designed rural and urban communities outreach program wherein individuals will be vaccinated through Government managed micro vaccination booths at community touch points and free of cost Covid vaccination provided to all recipients as per Government protocol.
Apart from prioritizing vaccine accessibility at diverse community centers, AIF also aims to drive awareness on topics of vaccine misinformation and hesitancy through its behavior change communication campaign – Mission Corona Vijay – Har Baazu Mein Taaqat / Corona Ke Harabo.
Prodigals Home as mobilization partners will spearhead awareness generation and will consistently engage with the most underserved and marginalized population such as persons with disability (PwDs), migrant labourers including street vendors, vulnerable women and tribal population across the targeted districts of Nagaland, while CSC along with the NGO will also focus on facilitating registrations, securing priority vaccination slots for the vulnerable population and resolving multiple access issues through personalized support.
Launching the programme, DC Mon said while the State Government has worked strategically to build surge capacity and resilience in medical infrastructure and ensure easy access to vaccines, there is still an environment of myths, lack of awareness and an attitude of hesitancy towards vaccination.
“We have completed close to 36.6% vaccination in the state but still face skepticism towards the vaccine, especially in the older age groups,” he said.

Sharing his thoughts on the collaboration, Mathew Joseph, Country Director, AIF said, “The two main goals of the American India Foundation are ‘Equity and Inclusion’. Under the ‘First Million’ initiative, we endeavor to increase the pace of vaccination in India and debunk misconceptions about vaccination among those at the margins. The Nagaland chapter of ‘The First Million’ initiative is extremely important for us. The state is facing an extensive level of hesitancy towards vaccination and creating a vaccination favorable environment is extremely crucial here, to break the chain of COVID-19. AIF will continue to reach far and wide and continue sustained engagement and efforts to increase the inoculation percentage of the state.”
(Page News Service)