The Centre has asked the state governments to start vaccination centres at bus and railway stations to exhort people to take their vaccine shots against Covid-19.
Health minister Mansukh Mandaviya held a meeting with the state health ministers on Thursday to discuss the increasing the pace of vaccination.
At present, 79% of the adult population has got the first dose of Covid-19 vaccine and 38% has received both doses. Noting that more than 12 crore beneficiaries are due for their second dose, he urged the state health ministers to ensure that all the adult population is covered with the first dose during the ongoing ‘Har Ghar Dastak’ campaign, while those who are due for the second doses are also motivated to take the same.
Mandaviya asked states to start vaccination centres at bus and railway stations and initiate ‘Roko aur Toko’ campaign which would increase awareness among people and ensure that they complete the vaccination schedule. The minister said states should deploy ‘Prachar Toli’ in advance to villages which would ensure mobilisation and counselling of the eligible population along with awareness campaigns, followed by ‘Vaccination Toli’ which would ensure that all eligible citizens are vaccinated with the first and second doses.