In an effort to boost vaccination coverage among children in the city, the Heath department of Mohali is all set to launch a door-to-door vaccination campaign for beneficiaries above the age of 12.
As per media reports, under this second phase of the “Har Ghar Dastak” campaign, health workers will go door-to-door in the district to administer Corbevax vaccines to children between the ages of 12 to 15. While, Covaxin will be given to children between the ages of 15 to 18, said Dr Adarshpal Kaur, civil sugeon.
According to the District Immunisation Officer Dr Girish Dogra, the teams mobilised for the campaign will also encourage children who will be eligible for first and second doses in the times to come.
Dr Kaur highlighted that the vaccines were completely safe and children should get vaccinated without any apprehensions. Moreover, they can visit any government health institution in the district to get vaccinated and contact the health department’s helpline 104 in case of any need.
However, the vaccination drive to cater to the children of 12-15 years of age has been moving at a lazy pace. Of the 43,080 children who are eligible for vaccination in this age group in Mohali, only 17,925 have received the first dose. This accounts to only 41.6 per cent of the total. Whereas, only 5,698 which is 13.2 per cent of the children are fully vaccinated. On the other hand, the vaccination coverage for children under 15-18 age group is more encouraging. Of 50,872 children eligible for vaccination, as many as 48,876 which is nearly 96 per cent of the children have received the first dose and around 60 per cent of the children have received both the doses.
In Chandigarh, a similar drive was launched on June 1. It has started reaping results as the health workers reported low hesitancy among children in getting vaccinated at home.