Venkaiah Naidu urges stakeholders to reach full COVID vaccination target by year-end
Chennai (Tamil Nadu) [India], July 1 (ANI): Vice President M Venkaiah Naidu on Thursday stressed the need to educate people on the importance of vaccination against COVID-19 and urged all stakeholders to work collectively to achieve the goal of full vaccination by the end of the year.
The Vice President made the remarks on Doctors’ Day during a book presentation by well-known nephrologist Dr. Georgi Abraham in Chennai today.
The book titled âMY PATIENTS MY GOD – A KIDNEY DOCTOR’S JOURNEYâ chronicles Dr. Abraham’s professional journey as a physician, educator and researcher over the past four decades.
On this occasion, the vice-president underlined the need to fight against vaccine hesitation of certain sections of the population, in particular in rural areas.
“There is a need to allay the fears in some sections and the vaccination campaign should turn into a true pan-Indian ‘Jan Andolan’,” he said while urging the medical fraternity to take the initiative to raise awareness and educate people on the importance of getting vaccinated.
Stating that community support is essential in our fight against the coronavirus, the vice president said those who are reluctant to vaccinate should be aware that they are putting their own lives and the lives of their family members in preventable danger. .
Calling on the Center and States to work together in the spirit of âTeam Indiaâ to speed up the pace of the vaccination campaign, he called on members of civil society and icons from various fields, including movie personalities, athletes and representatives of the people who transcend party lines, to come forward and encourage people to get vaccinated.
Observing that rapid vaccination was the key to beating the COVID-19 pandemic, he mentioned that India had already administered more than 32 crore in doses, surpassing the total number of vaccinations performed in the United States.
Mentioning the theme for this year’s Doctors Day – âSave the Savior,â he underscored the need to ensure the safety and well-being of doctors who render impeccable service during this unprecedented health emergency caused by COVID – 19.
He also paid tribute to renowned physician, educator and freedom fighter Dr Bidhan Chandra Roy, whose birthday is commemorated as Doctors’ Day. (ANI)