Uttar Pradesh shows a sudden increase in vaccination against covid-19 in rural areas. People are more excited about the vaccination. The data given by the Union Health ministry shows that approx 73 lakh doses were provided, out of which 50 lakhs belongs to rural areas. A few months ago, villages in Uttar Pradesh were behind in the process of vaccination. The major reason for this rapid growth is the Cluster Model that was adopted by the UP government in June. The chief secretary of Health and Family Welfare, Amit Mohan, stated, "Uttar Pradesh has now geared up the process of vaccination, and it is because of the Cluster model."
What is a cluster model?
According to this strategy, there is no barrier to registration before the vaccination. Registration was a barrier before because not every person in the villages is literate. So, they can't register themselves, and this was causing a large number of people not to go for vaccination. Now due to no barriers, anybody can go for vaccination anytime at their nearby vaccination centres. Now the vaccination camps are taking place inside the villages not near them. The vaccination centres were away from villages, at least 15-30 km. Due to travelling, the route was causing problems for children, women and old aged people. The government data shows that women are less vaccinated, especially in rural areas, where internet access is less. They are scared too. This model has proved to be a game-changer for UP.
The ACS information also mentioned that UP is first in terms of vaccination. The credit goes to the model and all the workers and members engaged in it. The members of this strategy said, "They aim to vaccinate at least 70% of the population of UP. It will require more awareness and dedication only then the target can be achieved.
How many people are vaccinated in India?
According to the data provided from the Cowin portal, 62.84 lakh people in the country are fully vaccinated. Approx 3.30 crore people have taken their first dose. But if we see this in percentage, only 4.5% of the total population is vaccinated, which is low. India will require a total of 1.8 billion doses to vaccinate all the eligible citizens in the country. If we look at the vaccination rate of Uttar Pradesh, Lucknow is at the top with 16.76 lakh doses of vaccines completed. Followed by other districts such as Ghaziabad, Gautam Budh Nagar, Prayagraj and Meerut. The slowest rate is observed in districts such as Kaushambi, Chitrakoot, Kasganj, Mahoba and Sant Kabir Nagar. In January, the vaccination rate was good, but with the start of the second wave, the process was slow. There was a delay in supplies and approval of vaccines. As a result, the vaccination drive delayed in recent months.
What is the government's plan for vaccination in the upcoming months?
The government recently told the supreme court about the availability of vaccines in the upcoming months. The report shows the availability of five vaccines Covishield, Covaxine, Sputnik V, ZyCov-Di and the vaccine from Indian firm Biological E.
The available doses of each vaccine are as follows- 500 million of Covishield, 400 million of Covaxine, 100 million sputnik V,50 million Of ZyCov-Di, 300 million of Biological E. However, India has allowed the import of Moderna's covid vaccine, but it will take some time to make this vaccine available to the people of India.
Overall, it's a good improvement in UP. It has now crossed over 1 crore doses for the people of age group 18-45 years. Also, facilities like quick ambulance services and health teams provided by the government have helped a lot. Around 5000 vaccination centres for the age group, 18-45 years, and 3000 centres are set up for the people who are more than 45 years to increase their vaccination rate. The current target is to set up approx. 10,000 centres till July.
This is a great step by the UP government to fasten the race of vaccination during this covid time when the third wave may hit us. Getting vaccinated is the only option for people to save their lives. The fight against covid can only be won by taking these steps and necessary measures.
However, the government itself cannot do everything. Our security is in our hands. We should wear masks, sanitize our hands frequently and go for vaccination as soon as possible.
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