The Union health ministry has flagged declining COVID-19 vaccination number is some states over the last several weeks and announced that a two-month long campaign will be launched beginning June to further accelerate the vaccination coverage.
The campaign will be called Har Ghar Dastak 2.0.
The Centre has pointed out that the uptake of booster doses among people aged 18-59 years is very poor and the COVID-19 vaccination for the 12-14-year age group has also not received the desired pace yet. o far, nearly 192 crore COVID-19 vaccine shots have been administered in the country but less than 17 lakh people aged 18-59 years have opted for the booster dose since it was opened for all adults beginning April 10.
Also, only about 1.3 children aged 12-14 years have been fully vaccinated yet.
In a review meeting with states, Union health secretary Rajesh Bhushan also said that vaccination centres or state governments must not insist on any document of foreign travel for precaution doses for eligible beneficiaries.
Recently, the Centre had allowed citizens planning visits abroad to receive their third or booster COVID-19 jabs as per the requirement of the country of the travel, provided that they have completed three months since their second dose. For all others, there has to be a gap of 9 months between the second and the third jab of coronavirus vaccine.
Bhushan has directed states that under no circumstances should any COVID-19 Vaccination centre or state government insist on any documentary proof of foreign travel for those who are seeking a precaution dose ahead of their travel abroad, according to the ministry.