Elderly, home-bound Bengalureans also covered in vaccination drive
Just two days ago, the Supreme Court had asked the Union government to explain the steps taken by it to facilitate persons with disabilities gaining easy access to Covid-19 vaccines in order to equally protect them against the virus. Now, Bengaluru’s own civic agency has gone one step ahead and kick-started this category of vaccinations at the doorstep from Wednesday.
BBMP’s health team led by its Special Commissioner (Health) D Randeep has initiated a drive to identify those who are yet to be vaccinated, especially persons with disabilities.
With a view to vaccinate all residents of #BBMP, we have started vaccination at door step, for all aged people and those physically challenged. The visuals are from Shantinagar division.#BBMPFightsCovid19 #BBMPVaccinationDrive@BBMPAdmn @BBMPCOMM @CMofKarnataka @DHFWKA pic.twitter.com/1sbkpWmk0j— Special Commissioner Health, BBMP (@BBMPSplHealth) September 22, 2021
Persuasion and consent
Speaking to TheBengaluruLive, Randeep said, “The mobile team is visiting and vaccinating elderly disabled people, and other elderly people, especially those who cannot get out of the house.”
“We have gone to destitute homes earlier. But as a part of the vaccination mela, for the first time in Shantinagar we entered the houses of the aged and the physically challenged and vaccinated them with their consent,” he added.
“The vaccine team has been conducting a home-based drive to identify those who have not yet been vaccinated under BBMP. Also, work has been done to educate those who have not received the vaccine through house-to-house visits in slums,” Randeep said.
84% have got first dose
He added, “A total of 1,45,477 people have been vaccinated till 9 pm on Wednesday as part of the Vaccination Mela through 994 vaccine centres.”
Randeep said, “So far, under the BBMP limits, around 84% have been given the first dose while 42% have taken both doses. Till now, around 1,13,80,806 people have been vaccinated.”