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Union Health Minister suggests measures to increase vaccination

Dr Mansukh

DIMAPUR, NOVEMBER 22: Nagaland has the lowest COVID-19 vaccine coverage (both in first dose and second dose) in the country.
According to a PIB release on Monday, the Nagaland’s first dose coverage is 49% in comparison to the national figure of 82%. For second dose, the State’s coverage is 36% (joint lowest with Manipur) against the national average of 43%.

These figures were shared during a virtual interaction conducted by the Union Minister of Health and Family Welfare, Dr. Mansukh Mandaviya with the Health Secretaries and senior Health officials Manipur, Meghalaya, Nagaland and Puducherry to review the status of COVID-19 vaccination in these States/UTs and the progress under the Har GharDastak campaign.
“While India’s first dose coverage is at 82% and second dose coverage at 43%, Puducherry (66%, 39%), Nagaland (49%, 36%), Meghalaya (57%, 38%) and Manipur (54%, 36%) lag behind from national average in their first and second dose coverage”, it stated.
During the interaction, the Union Minister reminded: “We are in the last lap of COVID-19 vaccination. Let us launch aggressive campaign to ensure full COVID-19 vaccination by increasing the pace of vaccination and expanding the coverage.”
Reiterating that vaccination is the most potent weapon in the fight against COVID-19 pandemic, the Union Health Minister urged the States/UT 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 towards full Vaccination.
Mandaviya urged the States to deploy all State Government officials, one day each week, to visit each eligible household to motivate and mobilise them to towards full vaccination.
“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”, he stated.
States can also make children and students as COVID-19 Vaccination Ambassadors to urge and motivate the elders and eligible members in their families and communities to take both doses of COVID-19 vaccine, he added.
Mandaviya exhorted 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.

States were urged to make innovative short videos to address target groups for hesitancy, along with effective use of various social media platforms and traditional media.
The Union Health Minister engaged with the States/UTs to know the specific reasons holding back the wide scaling up of vaccination drive under the ongoing ‘Har GharDastak’ campaign. He was apprised of the ongoing efforts by the State/UT administrations to address issues of hesitancy.
While India’s first dose coverage is at 82%, except for the UT of Puducherry, coverage of the other 3 States remains below 60%, it stated.
Meghalaya, with a target population over 20 lakh, has 8 lakh people waiting to be given 1st dose and due beneficiaries for 2nd dose are over 2.5 lakh. Similarly, Manipur has over 10 lakh people yet to get their 1st dose and over 3.7 lakh due beneficiaries for their 2nd dose out of a target population of 23.4 lakh.
Nagaland, with a target population of 14.7 lakh, has over 7.5lakh 1st doses to be achieved and 1.2 lakh beneficiaries due for 2nd doses. Puducherry, with a population has 11.3 lakh, has 3.88 lakh people yet to get 1st dose and 1.91 lakh eligible but yet to receive 2nd dose.
(Page News Service)