Amid media experiences alleging ‘vaccine hesitancy’ amongst well being employees in rural areas, the Union Well being Ministry on Friday mentioned it’s working intently with states and union territories to handle the difficulty.
The federal government of India has been supporting the efforts of states and UTs for an efficient vaccination drive beneath the ‘Entire of Authorities’ method since January 16 this yr, it mentioned.
There have been sure media experiences alleging ‘vaccine hesitancy’ in rural areas amongst well being employees, the ministry acknowledged.”It’s knowledgeable that vaccine hesitancy is a globally accepted phenomenon and must be addressed by scientifically finding out and addressing the difficulty on the neighborhood degree,” Ministry mentioned in a press release.
Conserving this in thoughts, a ‘COVID-19 Vaccine Communication Technique’ protecting particulars on vaccine hesitancy was shared with all states and UTs firstly of the COVID-19 vaccination drive.
This technique was additionally shared with mission administrators of the Nationwide Well being Missions of all states on January 25 as a part of the orientation of state immunisation and IEC officers on COVID-19 Vaccination Communication Technique.
All states and UTs are following the identical and adopting the technique as per the native requirement, the assertion mentioned.
A number of IEC supplies and prototypes for all media print, social and digital have been ready and shared with the states for appropriate adaptation at their degree.
The Union Ministry of Well being is working intently with all states and UTs in addressing the difficulty of vaccine hesitancy frequently.
Additional, it has communicated to all states and UTs to create consciousness in tribal communities by IEC supplies on COVID-19 vaccines and COVID applicable behaviour, the assertion added.
The ministry can also be working in shut coordination with the Ministry of Tribal Affairs on this regard, it acknowledged.