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Busting the Myths about Covid Vaccine:VaccineOnWheels

VaccineOnWheels operates mobile vaccination units for vaccinating the underprivileged and unreached people of the society. We are supported by our esteemed partners- Give India, USAID, BCG and Governments of Maharashtra, Jharkhand and Tamil Nadu. Despite of Government bodies working to vaccinate people, there are many people who are not vaccinated due to fear of vaccine. They do not go to the Covid vaccination centers to get vaccinated. Our teams have started door to door visit to ensure that each and every one is vaccinated. They vaccinate the people at their doorsteps if they find anyone unvaccinated during the visit.

One such case took place at Ramji Naik Tanda Kothari located in Kinwat block of Nanded district in Maharashtra. During the door to door visit our team came across an old woman who had received the first dose of Covid vaccination, but was unwilling to get the second dose. Her due date of second dose had already crossed. When asked the reason she told that after getting the first dose in April, 2021 she feel ill after few days.

She got typhoid in May, 2021 and thought that it was because of the vaccine. Our team made her understand that it was not because of vaccine. They also told her about the benefits of vaccination. The lady was 68 years old. Her niece told the team that she was trying to make her aunt understand that since four to five months, but she was not ready to listen to her. Our team was successful in convincing her and she finally agreed to get the jab. Our team administered her vaccine and observed her for half an hour. When there was no side effect observed our team left. The old lady’s family members were very grateful to our team for convincing her to get the second dose of vaccination.

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Vaccinating 68 years old lady

Creating a Safe and Healthy Society through Immunization

VaccineOnWheels is dedicated to increase the reach of Covid vaccination among the unserved and unreached population of the society. From 3rd of January, 2022 Government of India announced vaccination of children of 15 to 17 years of age. VaccineOnWheels is reaching out to vaccinate the children of 15 to 17 years of age by organizing vaccination camp at schools and junior colleges where children can easily come and get vaccinated.

On 8th of January, 2022 one of our unit headed by Dr. G. Chandrakala organized a Covid vaccination camp at Government Higher Secondary School located in Vazhapanthal village of Ranipet district in Tamil Nadu. During the vaccination camp our team came across a 16 years old girl named Gomathi. She had undergone ASD surgery in March, 2020. Dr. G. Chandrakala checked her vitals and found everything to be normal. To be extra sure the team consulted Dr. Harish from Vazhapanthal PHC and a Paediatric of DIC Government Medical College, Vellore, Dr. Krishna Kumari regarding the medical history of Gomathi. Dr. Krishna advised that Covid vaccination can be administered to her. Our team also took the consent of her parents before vaccinating her. With the consent of Dr. Krishna and her parents Gomathi was administered Covid vaccination. She was kept under observation for 30 minutes. Her vitals were checked again and after finding everything to be normal she was allowed to go. Gomathi and her parents were happy and thanked our team for safely administering Covid vaccine to her.

Our teams come across many such patients with complicated medical history. They vaccinate such patients with extra care and precautions. We are very grateful to our partners Give India, USAID, BCG and State Governments of Tamil Nadu, Jharkhand and Maharashtra for supporting us to immunize people and create a safe and healthy society.

Checking the vitals of 16 years old Gomathi before vaccination

Vaccinating a Victim of Domestic Violence

The breakdown of pandemic, Covid-19 has affected the lives of almost every human being. People have not only faced financial loss, but loss of lives also. The pandemic has also affected us emotionally and mentally. Vaccine is the most effective tool to minimize the effect of pandemic. VaccineOnWheels is reaching out to the underprivileged and unreached people of the society and making Covid vaccine accessible to them.

One of our mobile vaccination unit team conducted COVID vaccination camp at Shivkar Village in Panvel on   20th Januray,2022. The Doctor of our team observed that a lady named Meena Pawar aged 26 years old was moving around at the camp. She was looking like she was mentally disturbed. When enquired with ASHA Worker the Doctor got to know that she was a victim of domestic violence. She is staying at her maternal house with her brother’s family. Due to domestic violence, she is mentally disturbed so her family members are not sure whether she can get Covid vaccination or not. The Doctor counselled her brother and asked if the beneficiary had any other illness or medical history.  The beneficiary did not have any other illness history so the doctor suggested her brother that the beneficiary can take Covid vaccination. The Doctor also explained the benefits of the Covid vaccination. After the counselling the family was convinced and the beneficiary was administered Covid vaccination at our camp.

The family was very happy that the team, especially the Doctor took efforts for the vaccination of the beneficiary. We are very grateful to all our partners who are supporting us to make Covid vaccine accessible to such people and create a safe society.

Vaccinating Meena Pawar

Vaccinating Tribal Community of Chobalyapada Village

Reaching out to the underprivileged and unreached people who are not yet vaccinated is the main aim of VaccineOnWheels. Our units are operating at various rural locations where people are still unaware about Covid vaccination. Our teams spread awareness about Covid vaccination and encourage people to get vaccinated at our Covid vaccination camps. They convey the importance of getting vaccinated to such people and bust the myths about Covid vaccination.

One of our unit operating in Shirpur taluka of Dhule district in Maharashtra organized a Covid vaccination camp at Chobalyapada village which is mostly inhabited by tribals on 29th of January, 2022. Tribals mostly reside in interior areas where most of the government facilities do not reach. They mostly reside in a scattered way which makes it more difficult to reach. Our team members had mobilized the villagers prior to the day of vaccination camp. Our teams made use of the mic and speaker provided to mobilize the community as the houses are scattered in the village. On the day of vaccination camp people turned up to get vaccinated at our Covid vaccination camp. Some people were scared to get vaccinated as they had misinformation about Covid vaccine. Our teams counselled them and cleared all the misinformation about Covid vaccine. A resident named Raju Gulabsing Pawara told that he had already received the first dose, but was unable to get the second dose as he migrates to city for work. He was administered the second dose of Covid vaccine in our camp.

Reaching out to the tribal community is one of our big achievement because they are not easily convinced to get vaccinated, but we are happy that we were able to convince them to get vaccinated. We are immensely grateful to our partners, Franklin Templeton, USAID, Rotary and Government of Maharashtra for supporting us to reach out to the unreached people and vaccinate them.

Vaccinating a tribal woman

Vaccinating a tribal man

Vaccinating Migrant Workers Working in Steel Manufacturing Plant

Migrant workers are one of the target group of VaccineOnWheels. They have been one of our target group as they are most likely to be left out as they have migrated from their own villages to other cities for work. At times they also face language barriers that prevents them from availing the facilities provided by the Government to them. They also don’t prefer to miss even a day’s work as they are mostly paid on daily basis. A loss of a day’s work might cost them a day’s wage because of which they don’t miss their work to travel till the Covid vaccination centres.

One of our mobile vaccination unit operating in Tirunelveli district in Tamil Nadu organized a Covid vaccination camp at Pudhur on 22nd of January, 2022. During the camp our team members vaccinated the migrant workers working in the local steel manufacturing plant along with their family members. When our team reached the location they started mobilizing the people. When our team members interacted with the migrant workers they got to know that they don’t know the local language because of which they feel uneasy to interact with the locals. Hence, they are not aware about the Covid vaccination centres. Our team members explained them the need to getting vaccinated. They were convinced and 40 migrant workers of the locality were vaccinated. They were grateful to the team for reaching them out.

Reaching out to migrant workers not only helps them to get vaccinated at their work locality, but also saves their time and money that they would have spent to travel till the Covid vaccination centres. We are very grateful to our partners Give India, USAID, BCG and Government of Tamil Nadu who are supporting us to reach out and make Covid vaccine accessible to the migrant workers.

Migrant workers waiting to get vaccinated

Vaccinating a migrant worker at our Covid vaccination camp

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