The state government headed by the YS Jagan Mohan Reddy has ordered its health machinery to prepare a location-wise list of nearly 35 lakh mothers with children below five years of age for administering Covid vaccines to such moms. All this and more, this strategic initiative is to deal with the expected third wave of coronavirus pandemic, which is projected to mainly target children.
Speaking to Hello Vizag, a senior state health official disclosed, “We are making all necessary arrangements for giving Covid-19 jab to mothers with kids aged less than five years following a directive from the state government. This will ensure that mothers do not get infected with the virus in case their kids’ contract Coronavirus in the impending third wave and are hospitalised. As usual, mothers will obviously at the bedside of their virus-affected kids to take care of them,” the official pointed out.
Concerned health authorities said they have already prepared a list of children aged from zero to five years PHC-wise, along with details of their mothers, for taking up the routine immunisation programmes. They will utilise this list to identify the eligible mothers for the Covid-19 vaccination. Once Coronavirus doses are available and the state government gives its nod, they will issue advance tokens to all eligible mothers one day before the vaccination programme.
To initiate the entire vaccination process, the services of ASHA workers and ANMs will be utilised judiciously to ensure that beneficiary mothers reach their allotted Covid vaccination centres as per the time and date allotted to them.