The BJP is set to start the second phase of a countrywide voluntary service to promote Covid vaccination, promote awareness and help people affected with the disease. The programme was initiated last month by BJP chief JP Nadda as the country grappled with the second wave of Covid and the opposition accused the government of being unprepared to deal with the crisis.
Under the “Seva hi Sangathan” Mr Nadda has instructed party workers to help with vaccination campaigns, relief programmes, training healthcare volunteers in villages.
Under the vaccination campaign, the party workers have been asked to ensure that all people aged 45 years and above get both doses of the vaccine.
Among the 18 to 44 year age group, specific target groups have been set who are at high risk of contracting the disease. The workers have been asked to motivate delivery men, auto rickshaw drivers, domestic helpers, newspaper distributors, gas cylinder to get vaccinated.
The other group considered crucial will comprise parents of children below the age 12 years. This is part of the government’s preparatory measures to forestall a possible third phase in which a section of experts believe will be highly risky for children.