Dawn Punjab Bureau / Chandigarh : A “Special COVID-19 Vaccination Drive” has been organised by the Department of Social Welfare Women & Child Development, Chandigarh Administration in convergence with the Department of Health & Family Welfare, Chandigarh for Persons with Disabilities & their care givers and Senior Citizens of U.T. Chandigarh. The drive aims to provide inclusive, seamless and accessible delivery of COVID-19 vaccination to maximum numbers of disabled persons, senior citizens and their caregivers as they are most vulnerable and have co-morbidities which may put them at higher risk of being affected by COVID. The Special Vaccination Drive is being carried out at 24 different locations across U.T. Chandigarh including periphery areas. The inclusive drive started on 29th June ‘2021 wherein 242 residents have been covered on first day.
In order to cover maximum disabled and senior citizen population of Chandigarh, Secretary Social Welfare, Chandigarh has decided to provide free pick-up and drop facility from their door step to the nearest vaccination centre. In order to avail this facility a toll free number 181-3, 9915023456 has been provided. The Director Social Welfare has deputed Supervisors, Anganwari Workers, Anganwari Helpers and NSS Volunteers to visit the residence of persons with disabilities and to make arrangements in collaboration with the officials of Helpline and allied units of the department in order to encourage them and to remove the myths associated with the vaccination. It is through there dedicated efforts 242 PwDs & Senior Citizen have been vaccinated at Dhanas, Daddu Majra Colony, Sarangpur, Maloya, Palsora on first day of the vaccination drive.
The drive is being carried out at various centres such as GMCH-32, GMSH-16, Civil Hospitals Sector-22, Sector-45, Manimajra and different Health & Wellness Centres of U.T. Chandigarh.