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Special vaccination sessions for beggars and vagabonds

Special vaccination sessions for beggars and vagabonds

Self-registration is essential to get the COVID-19 vaccine. However, some sections of the society, like beggars, vagabonds etc., lack resources for self-registration. This group of people are normally ignored by authorities.

In this context, the central government asked states and UTs to conduct special vaccination sessions for homeless people, nomads, beggars etc., who lack resources for self-registration and vaccination.

Central Health Secretary Rajesh Bhushan wrote a letter to states and UTs asking to conduct special vaccination sessions for these people in association with NGOs, voluntary institutions, civil society organizations etc. States and UTs have to plan special vaccination sessions to vaccinate these people so that all of them shall get vaccinated as they are more vulnerable to get infected.

The letter said that it is the responsibility of the government to provide vaccines to all people irrespective of their socioeconomic status. All eligible people should get vaccinated in the country. It is also essential to focus on vulnerable people while providing vaccination.

States and UTs were already asked to provide vaccination to homeless people, beggars, people residing in rehabilitation camps etc., in May. These people do not have specific identity cards. Yet, they shall not be ignored for vaccination. The Union Health Ministry also shared the SOPs for the vaccination of these people. Hence, all states and UTs were once again reminded of the vaccination of this group of people.

Meanwhile, India crossed the 46 crore vaccine milestone. Around 80 lakh people in the age group of 18-44 years received their second dose within 60 days. The Ministry said that five states administered over one crore doses cumulatively to people aged between 18 and 44 years. These states are Madhya Pradesh, Maharashtra, Gujarat, Rajasthan, and Uttar Pradesh.

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