UNICEF organized today an online session with NSS & NYKS programme officers and volunteers on the role of youth in COVID-19 vaccine rollout in Jharkhand. Over 250 NYKS and NSS programme officers & volunteers attended the session and got orientated about the ongoing COVID-19 vaccination drive in the state and how to fact check information being circulated around on various platforms regarding the vaccine.

Speaking on the occasion, Dr U C Sinha, Head, IEC cell, NHM Jharkhand said, “We are still far away to achieve our target of hundred percent COVID-19 vaccination in the state. UNICEF, WHO & Health department is working together to bridge the gap and achieve our targets. We are disseminating messages using leaflets, booklets & posters to create awareness among the people. 

“We are also using social media platforms to clear doubts & hesitancy. Social mobilization is very important to meet our goal. NYKS & NSS volunteers can play an important role in this regard by motivating people to come forward and get vaccines.

Influencers & religious leader’s support has also been taken to spread positive messages. We are confident that with the joint effort of everyone, we will succeed to achieve our target in the state.”

Ms. Astha Alang, Communication, Advocacy & Partnership Officer, UNICEF Jharkhand emphasised about the role of youth in the successful rollout of COVID-19 vaccination in the state. She lauded the support of NYK & NSS who spread positive messages to promote COVID-19 Appropriate Behaviour last year. 

As vaccination drives have started in the state, it is everyone’s responsibility to get the vaccine when their turn comes and make this drive successful so that we can stop the spread of the infection. Youth play a very important role in the vaccine roll out to spread the correct and factual information and direct people to the right sources such as Health Centres, Ministry of Health, National Health Mission and PIB and WHO, UNICEF. I hope the information provided today would be helpful to promote the right messages on COVID-19 vaccination in the society.”

Mr. Danish Khan, Communication for Development Specialist, UNICEF Jharkhand said spoke about social mobilisation in the online orientation. He said, “NYKS volunteers have a very important role to play in ensuring community participation, clarifying doubts and myths and developing a positive environment for COVID vaccination.”

Mr Omprakash Kushwaha, Programme Officer, NSS & Ms Johny Tirky, Programme Coordinator, NYKS facilitated the programme. On this occasion NSS and NYKS programme officers and volunteers also presented their plan on how to counter all kinds of misinformation & rumours & motivate people to come forward for vaccines without any fear and doubts.

Mr. Danish Khan, Communication for Development Specialist, UNICEF Jharkhand said spoke about social mobilisation in the online orientation. He said, “NYKS volunteers have very important role to play in ensuring community participation, clarifying doubts and myths and developing positive environment for COVID vaccination.”

Mr Omprakash Kushwaha, Programme Officer, NSS & Ms Johny Tirky,Programme Coordinator, NYKS facilitated the programme. On this occasion NSS and NYKS programme officers and volunteers also presented their plan on how to counter all kinds of misinformation & rumours & motivate people to come forward for vaccine without any fear and doubts.

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