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Mass Vaccination drive to be held for 18+ age group in Ballari from tomorrow

In order to increase the inoculated population in the Ballari district before the 3rd wave of the Covid pandemic rolls out, the Ballari District administration has planned to launch a Mass vaccination drive for people falling above 18 years of age.

Deputy Commissioner Pavan Kumar Malapati held a virtual meeting from his office on Saturday and directed the officers concerned to make preparations for the vaccination programme to be launched on Monday.

Addressing concerns over misconceptions about the vaccine, Mr Malapati directed the gram panchayat and urban local bodies to take up an extensive awareness campaign in their jurisdictions.

“Select major locations across the district and vaccinate around 40,000 people on the first day. We can gradually expand the vaccination centres to every gram panchayat in the days to come. We need to put those waiting for the second dose on top priority,” Mr Malapati told the officers.

“Employ all possible publicity methods and tools to inculcate awareness about the COVID-19 jab. You have to illustrate how the infection and the death rate among those who have taken two doses of vaccination is almost nil. We have to make them understand that vaccination is the only way to get protection from the pandemic,” he said.

Superintendent of Police Saidulu Adavath suggested opening vaccination centres at such places that have enough open space like playgrounds so that social distancing could better be maintained. He also directed police officials to make preparations to ensure adequate security during the vaccination.

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