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Getting an appointment for one’s covid vaccination through the
In the last few weeks, the team has booked slots for more than 200 people from Jammu to
He said that those who need their help reach them via their Twitter handle (@helpmehere_offi) and then they get the person’s details to book a slot. Recently a woman from Ernakulam reached out to Shetty. Her husband had lost his job and the woman couldn’t go to work as her company insisted on employees being vaccinated before coming to work. In another case, a doctor from Jammu who had got vaccinated under the health care workers’ quota could not book a vaccine slot for his sister. “We had two senior citizens from Bengaluru who had got their first dose of
Deepak Leelavinothan, who works as a project manager in a
Although we are proud of what we do, we feel the vaccine availability should’ve been at par with polio vaccination drives, so that groups like us don’t have to exist. Vaccination hesitancy is quite rampant, and we are spending several hours every day trying to fight this. Vaccines are causing a dent in people’s wallets too. The government should double up its efforts to create awareness among the blue collar workers and also explore providing incentives to encourage them to get vaccinated. That’s a great way to ensure that the core workforce of the nation is fully vaccinated,” said Leelavinothan.
The whole mantra is that nobody is safe until all of us are safe. Hence, we need to vaccinate as many people as possible
– Saraswathi Anand, a member of Helpmehere_offi
Shetty said that as they get several requests in a day, they try to educate the people who call and provide tips. “We have also spoken to legal experts and tell our callers that this is a free service. We also get their informed consent before we start helping them. We have a policy of not storing any personal information of the beneficiary. We clear our drives periodically, every day.
We have also encouraged people to motivate others around them to get vaccinated so that we become a safe country. The whole mantra is nobody is safe until all of us are safe. Hence, we need to vaccinate as many people as possible,” said Saraswathi.