Doorstep vax drive covers 1,000 people in Trichy city

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Trichy: Two months after launching doorstep vaccination drive, the Trichy Corporation has inoculated 1,000 people till September 19. Persons with disabilities (PwD), senior citizens and bedridden patients were covered under the programme by an exclusive mobile health team. The civic body anticipates the demand to sustain in the coming days as people may contact the helpline provided for the purpose.

Although there were hiccups in the conduct of the drive including a shortage of vaccines, the civic body managed to keep the initiative active. Old age and charity homes, special education institutes with accommodation facility for adult PwD students were covered as part of the drive.
Locals will register their contact numbers with addresses on the helpline 6385269208, which will be followed up by the health team. On an average, the helpline received 7 to 15 requests per day, an official said.

“We inquire whether the beneficiary is either PwD or bedridden or too old to travel to the vaccination centre. Even the parents and caretakers are vaccinated to avoid wastage of vaccine,” a health officer with the corporation said.

Finding the addresses of the beneficiaries was the most challenging part of the initiative. “Some people were apprehensive and questioning us whether we are using good quality vials. We tried to vaccinate transgenders, but the support was low,” the official said.

The vehicle was supported by Trichy-based VDart Technologies, a BPO.

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