Ministry of Health seeks ‘support from university networks’ for vaccine roll-out mission

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The Ministry of Health and Family Welfare in a letter to the Ministry of Education’s division of larger Education has requested for help from universities and better training institutes to make sure the appropriate data is disseminated to the general public. In the letter, Rajesh Bhushan Secretary MoHFW wrote, “Ministry of Education has collaborated with MoHFW as an equal partner hitherto and especially during the outbreak of COVID-19”.

He requested larger training institutes to help the “campaign roll out with support from university network and online talk platforms as well as leverage points of large footfalls.” The authorities is in course of of rolling-out the vaccine for the COVID-19. In the preliminary part, the vaccine is made accessible to frontline staff, healthcare staff, individuals aged 50 years and above, and people beneath 50 with co-morbid situations.

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“In the face of such a swift evolving scenario of vaccine development and rollout, one of the challenges is to ensure that over 1.3 billion people in India receive factually correct and prompt information and updates on vaccine benefits and roll-out progress,” the letter acknowledged.

“It is critical to building public confidence regarding vaccine safety and address fears over any adverse events and at the same time to continue stress on strict public adherence to COVID appropriate behaviour. We will need to actively collaborate towards building such an environment of universal vaccine acceptability and the key will be the effective communication action plan for proactive dissemination at all levels,” it added.

Sharing the letter additional with all vice-chancellors, UGC reiterated, “Universities have an important role to play through their network and other platforms to support the campaign for the roll-out of the vaccination programme. I write this to seek your personal intervention for successful implementation of the vaccination programme,” stated UGC chairperson.

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