The Central Government has realized the urgent need to launch a ‘mission-like’ vaccination campaign across the country, so as to maintain the drop in cases. Along with this, the government on Friday advised all the states to plan a two-month long ‘Har Ghar Dastak’ campaign 2.0 from June. According to a statement issued by the Union Health Ministry, the ministry has called upon all the states and union territories to speed up the vaccination of all eligible beneficiaries to get the anti-Covid-19 vaccine.
In a meeting with the states and union territories, Union Health Secretary Rajesh Bhushan advised that it should be ensured that the dose of anti-Covid-19 vaccines is not wasted at any cost. States and Union Territories have been told that this can be ensured by proactive surveillance and by adopting the principle of ‘first use of vaccines which are nearing the spoilage date’.
The Health Secretary underlined the need for an immediate ‘mission-like’ vaccination campaign to protect against COVID-19 to sustain the recent drop in cases. According to the statement, Bhushan advised the states and union territories to plan the two-month long ‘Har Ghar Dastak’ campaign 2.0 with detailed action plans at the district, block and village levels. According to the statement, the objective of the ‘Har Ghar Dastak 2.0’ campaign is to go door-to-door to administer the first, second and precautionary doses to the eligible population and achieve a saturated state. The ministry has emphasized to focus on old age homes, schools and colleges (for immunization of population 12 to 18 years), prisons and brick kilns during this period.