SEEDS (Sustainable Environment and Ecological Development Society) has officially launched ‘Kavach’ a COVID-19 national vaccine adoption program under its ongoing campaign #ShareTheBurden. The formal announcement of the program was done through an online event in the presence of Kamal Kishore, Member, National Disaster Management Authority recently, SEEDS said in a press statement.
SEEDS initiated local efforts for vaccination since March 2021 in Delhi city. With the launch, the programme will be carried out nationally for next 9 months to reach out to over 1 million people in Delhi-NCR, Maharashtra, Punjab, West Bengal, Uttar Pradesh, Uttarakhand and Telangana.
Dr Manu Gupta, Co-founder, SEEDS said, “Our program Kavach is designed to accelerate the vaccine adoption efforts across the country and that’s the only way to safeguard communities from the anticipated third wave. We are committed to reach out to the most marginalised communities that are getting left out due to various challenges and contribute to government’s efforts in ensuring COVID free clusters.”
SEEDS has established a ground force of community volunteers to work alongside frontline health workers and local health officials. All community volunteers will be trained on best practices for vaccine adoption.
Krishna Vatsa, Member, National Disaster Management Authority said, “There is a need to identify the most vulnerable class and NGOs can play a pivotal role in doing so. Training of health workers, community workers another extremely important. These efforts of SEEDS will help in augmenting the nationwide vaccination campaign. We are together in this very important drive as vaccination is the only way out to beat COVID-19.”
Under the campaign, training and support to health workers will be done for better handling of COVID situations. Apart from this, community meetings will be organised to promote awareness, prevention, and sensitisation of COVID-19 best practices.
SEEDS will identify blind spots where a large segment of local communities have not been vaccinated and hold meetings with community leaders and stakeholders for vaccination plans of their village/ward/locality.
People will also be assisted with registration on the CO-WIN app and tracking for post-vaccination side effects, ensuring follow-up on second doses as advised by MoHFW will also be done.