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Conduct special vaccination sessions for destitute, vagabonds: Centre to States

Prime News, National, Health, Disease, Vaccine, New Delhi, July 31:- The Centre has urged States and Union Territories to conduct special vaccination sessions for the destitute, beggars and vagabonds who may not have access to self-registration and lack resources for vaccination.

In a letter to the chief secretaries of States and the administrators of UTs, Union Health Secretary Rajesh Bhushan said the state government may take the help of NGOs, civil society organisations and public-spirited citizens/volunteers in this endeavour.

Bhushan said more than 45 crore vaccine doses have been administered to date.

The vaccination drive is people-centric and provisions have been made to make it accessible to all eligible priority groups irrespective of their socioeconomic status, he said in his letter dated July 29.

There is a need to keep the focus of Covid vaccination on the most vulnerable groups to ensure vaccination is equitable and accessible to all, the letter said.

“The vaccination of destitute and vagabonds who may not have access to self-registration and lack resources for vaccination needs to be facilitated. States and UTs may adopt a targeted approach to cover this group,” said the letter addressed. (MR, Inputs: Agencies)

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