In Maharashtra, Bodad-a village bordering Madhya Pradesh with a population of 1,500 has achieved target of 100 percent Covid vaccination.
AIR correspondent reports, it was a herculean task for the Maharashtra’s Amaravati district based Bodad village administration to convince villagers to get them inoculated when nationwide covid 19 vaccination campaign was launched from January 16 this year.
Villagers were reluctant to vaccination due to fear, superstition and misconceptions. It was then when the Sarpanch of Bodad village, Police Patils, healthcare and Anganwadi workers, ASHAs, people’s representatives and the youth of the village decided to create awareness in the village. The village administration implemented various activities to clear the misconceptions and to motivated them for vaccination.
Along with this, youngsters urged the senior citizens to take the Covid vaccine. The efforts paved way as the villagers gradually started responding to the vaccination campaign. It soon caught pace and till date 100 percent of first dose and fifty per cent of the second dose have been administered to the villagers above 45 years of age.
The village Sarpanch Deepak Gawai gave full credit of this success to the youths of the village. He said that in particular, the educated youth of the village, took it as their social responsibility and ensured that the senior citizens were vaccinated at the centers.
According to Amravati District Health Officer Dr. Dilip Ranmale, In Amravati district, 11, 33,173 people with first dose and 5, 00,439 people with second dose have been vaccinated till 12th October 2021. He stated that a target of 22 lakh people has been set for vaccination, of which first dose has been administered to 51 percent and the second dose to 23 percent.