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Arunachal to launch ‘Har School Dastak’ campaign to maximize vaccination of youngsters

The COVID-19 vaccination drive for the 15-18 age group was launched in the state on Monday along with the rest of the country that saw as many as 1785 teenagers taking the jabs of Covaxin.

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Itanagar: In a bid to maximize the COVID-19 vaccination coverage of youngsters of 15-18 years age group, the Arunachal Pradesh health authorities decided to conduct ‘Har School Dastak’ campaign from Wednesday next, a senior official said on Tuesday.

The COVID-19 vaccination drive for the 15-18 age group was launched in the state on Monday along with the rest of the country that saw as many as 1785 teenagers taking the jabs of Covaxin.

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“Under this (new) strategy, COVID-19 vaccination of 15-18 years will be conducted in every school,” State Mission Director (NHM) C R Khampa said while adding that a ‘guidance note’ for this has been issued to all district medical officers (DMOs).

He asked the DMOs to prepare the list of all eligible beneficiaries of all secondary and higher secondary schools of their respective districts in coordination with the Education Department and ensure that the COVID-19 vaccination of 15-18 years is complete by 15th January 2022.

Under the Har School Dastak approach, the respective circle officer, sub-divisional officer, extra assistant commissioner/additional deputy commissioner will be made overall in charge to implement the COVID-19 vaccination drive for the 15-18 age group and to ensure that all eligible beneficiaries are vaccinated within the period.

The Mission Director also said that the vaccinators should be well trained on AEFI (adverse events following immunization) management. Further, anaphylactic/AEFI kit should be made available at all session sites and 30 minutes waiting period post administration of vaccine should be ensured strictly.

He informed that the performances of the districts will be monitored at the Chief Secretary level on a daily basis and that the districts need to provide the data on daily coverage of vaccination of 15-18 years category.

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