Mysuru comes up with jingles to ramp up vaccination drive | Mysuru News – Times of India

MYSURU: Currently third behind Bengaluru and Udupi in administering Covid-19 vaccine doses to senior citizens, Mysuru district has made elaborate arrangements to ramp up inoculations over the next fortnight.
Until Saturday evening, 14,515 senior citizens took the jab in Mysuru district. Of these 1,879 were in the age group 45-59 years with comorbidities.
“Our target is to vaccinate 3.5 lakh senior citizens within the next fortnight,” said Rohini Sindhuri, district deputy commissioner.
“We will launch vaccination drives in 150 primary health centres (PHCs) and nine community health centres (CHCs) beside district hospitals, MMCRI and private hospitals.”
Each PHC has been set a target of 150 vaccinations per day. The bigger hospitals can do up to 500. Each accredited social health activist (Asha) and anganwadi workers, besides bill collector and water men have been asked to bring at least 10 people to be vaccinated.
“Water men and bill collectors are familiar with residents, so we are roping them in,” said Sindhuri.
Health department officials said each PHC will have a nodal officer who will monitor daily progress and address any issues. Series of jingles Rohini Sindhuri, Mysuru DC, said the district has designed a full-fledged information, education and communication programme aimed at spreading awareness on the vaccine.
“We want to clear all doubts senior citizens have and spread awareness so that they take the vaccine,” Sindhuri said.
She said: “The jingles will be played in villages and urban areas. Banners, pamphlets and other IEC activities will be ramped up. We are looking at a sustainable model so that it can be used for the entire population in months to come.”
Covaxin doses from today

Mysuru will roll out Bharat Biotech’s Covaxin doses to senior citizens and those above 45 years with comorbidities from Monday. Until now, only Covishield was supplied.
“Two centres, Mysuru Medical College and Research Institute (MMC &RI) and JSS Hospital will administer Covaxin,” said T Amarnath, district health officer.

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