The Vice President, M Venkaiah Naidu has urged the medical fraternity in general and the Indian Medical Association, in particular, to take up special awareness campaigns to educate the people about the safety and importance of getting vaccinated against the Covid-19.
Inaugurating ‘Vaccinate India Programme’, an initiative of Sustainable Goals Coordination Center, Government of Karnataka in collaboration with Give India Foundation, the Vice President said, there appears to be hesitancy in some quarters to get vaccinated. It is absolutely essential to educate and create awareness among those who are still harbouring doubts, he added.
Calling for turning the Covid vaccination drive into a ‘Jan-Andolan’, Naidu exhorted all people’s representatives to ensure that everyone is vaccinated in their constituencies. He also urged the media to educate people on the need to shed vaccine hesitancy. “False beliefs need to be dispelled by providing accurate information,” he stressed.
Observing that vaccination is the most effective shield against the Covid-19, the Vice President said that it would help in preventing hospitalisation and lessen the severity of the disease. “In other words, even if infected by the virus, the disease will be mild”, he added. Noting that the Covid recovery rate in the country has reached 97.65, he cautioned “we are still not totally out of the woods and there is every need for each one of us to continue with all Covid-related protocols and precautions”.