In order to boost the morale of ASHA workers who have been entrusted to vaccinate citizens above 45 years, the Navi Mumbai Municipal Corporation (NMMC) has decided to give Rs 10 per dose as an incentive to the Asha workers behind every beneficiary they vaccinated for COVID-19.
The civic body has planned to vaccinate every citizen above 45 years by July 31. With speculations of COVID-19 third wave to hit in August, the civic body has planned to administer at least one dose of Covid-19 vaccine to citizens above the age of 45 years.
ASHA workers, who work to disseminate health information, have also been entrusted with the important responsibility of vaccinating the maximum number of beneficiaries above 45 years of age. “Keeping in mind their contribution, civic chief Abhijeet Bangar decided to give an incentive of an allowance of Rs. 10 per dose they administer,” said a senior civic official from NMMC.
NMMC is taking various measures to expedite COVID vaccination and operating 34 vaccination centers. It has planned to start another 50 vaccination centers as per the availability of vaccines.
As per the state government guidelines based on the NHFS report, around 30 percent of the total population has citizens over 45 years of age. According to this, considering the existing population of 15 lakhs of the NMMC area, the number of citizens above 45 years of age will be 4.5 lakhs. Recognizing the importance of vaccinating all these beneficiaries as soon as possible, ASHA workers will now encourage and motivate citizens above 45 years of age to be vaccinated.