VP launches free vaccination program in Hyderabad, Vijayawada, Nellore

Vice-President M. Venkaiah Naidu on Tuesday said the COVID-19 vaccination campaign should become a people’s movement and appealed to every eligible person to take the required doses without any fear or hesitation.

By Newsmeter Network  Published on  7 Sep 2021 1:53 PM GMT
VP launches free vaccination program in Hyderabad, Vijayawada, Nellore

Hyderabad: Vice-President M. Venkaiah Naidu on Tuesday said the COVID-19 vaccination campaign should become a people's movement and appealed to every eligible person to take the required doses without any fear or hesitation.

Launching a free vaccination programme organized by Swarna Bharat Trust in Hyderabad in collaboration with Bharat Biotech International Ltd. and MediCiti Hospitals, Mr. Naidu said there was no alternative to taking the vaccine.

The free vaccination drive was simultaneously launched in Hyderabad, Vijayawada, and Nellore.

Calling for countering the misinformation on vaccines, he urged the people's representatives, film and sports celebrities to take the lead in dispelling myths and fears on COVID-19 vaccination. He highlighted the important role of the media in creating awareness and in encouraging COVID-appropriate behavior. The Vice-President said that every citizen who is eligible for vaccination should deem it as his/her duty to take the required doses of the vaccine.

Stating that more than 71 crore doses were administered in the country till 6 September, he expressed his happiness that more than 50 per cent of the eligible people were vaccinated with at least a single dose.

Terming it a collective and remarkable effort of the Centre and states in the spirit of Team India, the Vice-President stressed that the mission of vaccination should not lose momentum until every citizen is vaccinated.

Mr. Naidu observed that at a time when even developed countries struggled to cope with the pandemic, India has not only successfully manufactured vaccines indigenously but is also conducting the world's largest free vaccination programme. "Further, in the spirit of Vasudhaiva Kutumbakam, India has exported vaccines around the world," he added.

The Vice-President also stressed the importance of COVID-appropriate behavior even after vaccination to effectively fight the pandemic. He said that people should take personal responsibility in adhering to personal hygiene, wearing masks, and maintaining a safe distance. Mr. Naidu suggested that people adopt healthy lifestyle choices such as practicing yoga, maintaining physical fitness, and eating healthy food in order to ward off health problems.

He complimented the organizers of the free vaccination programme - Swarna Bharat Trust, Bharat Biotech, Muppavarapu Foundation, MediCiti Hospitals in Hyderabad; Simhapuri Vaidya Seva Samiti in Nellore; Pinnamaneni Siddhartha Hospitals in Vijayawada - for their initiative and efforts.

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