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Highlights Of #VaccinateIndia Telethon: An Initiative To Encourage Vaccination Against COVID-19

New Delhi Television Limited (NDTV) in partnership with Google has initiated the #VaccinateIndia campaign. The aim of the campaign is to empower people with the right information about vaccines, their safety and efficacy. 
May 30, 2021
19:38 (IST)
Raghu Sharma, Minister of Health and Family Welfare, Rajasthan joins #VaccinateIndia telethon


Rajasthan is the largest state in the whole country from the geographical point of view. We have a desert here, a tribal region where every single house lives on a hill. So, it's a very big challenge to vaccinate 8 crore people of Rajasthan. We started preparations in October itself. We prepared for 3.5 months - October, November, December and till January 16 - to train manpower, to build storage centres, to develop cold chain points and other preparations. The vaccination began on January 16.  The big thing is that we built three storage centres in the capital Jaipur. There we can store bumper stock. We have seven divisions where we have developed storage capacity. And there are 34 medical districts and we have developed storage capacity in each district. We have also developed 2,444 cold chain points. Each district headquarter has one mobile van for the transportation of vials to CSC, PSC, SDH - vaccination sites. We have trained 54,000 ASHA workers, 56,000 anganwadi workers and 2400 ANM. Before COVID-19, CM had started Nirogi Rajasthan for preventive care under which we created Swasthya Mitra. Under that, we selected 2 volunteers each in our 40,000 revenue villages. So, we had that manpower as well. There was also some education department personnel; we trained all of them in 3.5 months.

I think everyone should take the vaccine especially at a time when we are talking about the third and fourth wave. And COVID-positive people have to face long-term complications. vaccine is importnat. The vaccine doesn't have any after-effects. I have taken it. CM has taken it and a lot of other people have taken it. There should be no hesitancy.

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