As the Government of India is set to roll out the COVID-19 vaccine in the coming days, UGC has sought the personal intervention of Universities and Colleges across the nation for the successful implementation of the vaccination programme.
The government wants students and faculty members to dispel misinformation against the Covid vaccine, and provide basic information about the vaccination plan.
Giving a reference to the health secretary’s letter, UGC Secretary Rajnish Jain requested “personal intervention” from Vice Chancellors of all universities and principals of all colleges for “successful implementation of the vaccine rollout programme”.
Seeking the cooperation of universities in disseminating the information related to the COVID-19 vaccine roll-out, the Ministry of Health and Family Welfare has written a letter to UGC. “In the face of such a swift evolving scenario of vaccine development and rollout, one of the challenges is to ensure that the over 1.3 billion people in India receive factually correct and prompt information and updates on vaccine benefits and roll-out progress. We will need to actively collaborate towards building such an environment of universal vaccine acceptability and the key will be an effective communication action plan for proactive dissemination at all levels (State, district, block, village, family level).”
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