How the Andaman and Nicobar Islands achieved 100% immunization coverage
Besides the beautiful beaches, the Andaman and Nicobar Islands are also known for their good governance and the administration has further proven this by becoming the first among all the states and territories in the Union to achieve 100% full immunization coverage of eligible beneficiaries.
Speaking to News18.com by phone, Suneel Anchipaka, DC South Andaman District, A&N Administration, said, “This is a proud moment for us. We achieved the goal thanks to the teamwork, guidance and direction of our Honorable Lieutenant Governor and the Chief Secretary.
“I would also like to express my gratitude to all the health workers who have worked hard and risked their lives to reach remote places in this archipelago. They traveled by land, while some reached the most remote places by sea and air. They went through dense jungle and difficult hilly terrain where the presence of poisonous snakes and crocodiles is very high just to vaccinate people living in remote areas, ”he said. Ships and helicopters have also been called in to transport manpower and vaccines to immunize people living on remote islands.
Speaking about the challenges the administration is facing in the vaccination campaign, DC South Andaman said, “This place is a mini India, and people here believe in peace. The pandemic being alarming, we spun through all the departments and collectively launched awareness campaigns on the dos and don’ts of the crisis. We informed people that instead of panicking, they should follow Covid-19 protocols. evening after fasting hours, ”he added.
The official said the administration was actively engaged with various NGOs to achieve the goal. “It is worth mentioning that we have launched a mobile vaccination campaign reaching all households late at night to vaccinate workers and other active people,” he added.
To celebrate the achievement, the Andaman and Nicobar Islands administration tweeted, “A&N has achieved 100% vaccine coverage against Covid, making it the first state / UT to achieve the feat using only Covishield. UT Admin overcame insurmountable odds for this extraordinary feat in one of the most remote parts of the world.
The administration claimed it had become the first among states and UT to achieve the goal using only the Covishield vaccine.
The Andaman and Nicobar Islands are spread over 836 islands (over 800 km from north to south), separated by rough seas, extremely dense jungle, hills and exposed to bad weather. The territory is located about 150 km north of Aceh in Indonesia and separated from Thailand and Myanmar by the Andaman Sea.
The vaccination campaign began on January 16, 2021, in the islands. According to the latest health bulletin, 2.87 lakh people received the two doses of the Covishield vaccine.
Concerned about the Covid-19 outbreak earlier this year, the local administration vaccinated vulnerable tribal groups (PVTG).
“The boldest step under the able leadership of the Honorable Lieutenant Governor @Admiral_DKJoshi has been to vaccinate the world’s most intact tribes in A&NI. It was a leap of faith but it was necessary to protect them from COVID19 ”, one of the tweets of the local administration reads.
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