Chandigarh UT Health Department to map all households with citizens above 45 to drive Covid-19 Vaccination

In an effort to motivate the priority groups of Chandigarh to come forward for Covid 19 Vaccination, the UT Health Department is chalking out a plan to map all households with members above the age of 45.

 According to the plan, auxiliary nurse midwives (ANMs) will visit every household in Chandigarh and try to gather reasons as to why there is low vaccination coverage and answer doubts regarding vaccination against the coronavirus. They will respond to the angst among the general public and take a survey of the citizens’ choice of vaccines (if any). The main aim is to motivate and make people aware of the importance of vaccination and relieve people of their fears.

Director of Health Services, Chandigarh, Dr. Amandeep Kaur Kang said in a recent report that ANMs will carry out a survey across all households as part of the Covid-19 Vaccination drive. ANMs will persuade the priority community to go for vaccination against the coronavirus. Dr. Kang said, “Vaccination is the key to break the chain of Covid-19 transmission. Post-vaccination, the severity of the disease will remain low and it will lead to less mortality among Covid patients”. As per the daily rising of cases, vaccination at this point is very essential for aged people to reduce the mortality rate.

To date, around 75,228 people have received the first dose of the Covid-19 vaccine while only 13,071 people have been administered the second dose of the vaccine in the city. Moreover, about 47.07 percent of healthcare workers are yet to be vaccinated while 39.94 percent of frontline workers have not stepped forward for the first dose of vaccination.

Till now, 33,701 individuals above the age of 60 have been administered the first dose of the Covishield vaccine in the city. Even though people above the age of sixty have received more Covid jabs than any other priority groups, the other age groups also need to step forward and administer the vaccine doses properly. The ANMs will thus visit every household and inform the members aged above 45 about the importance of the vaccine and lessen the anxiety-related issues and inquiries about Covishield. The ANMs strive to make this awareness program a success as positive cases continue to rise in the country.

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