Itanagar: The Arunachal Pradesh government is all set to launch Maha Abhiyaan, an initiative to vaccinate everyone above 18 years of age in the state on Monday.

The COVID-19 vaccination will start from 9 am, officials said on Sunday.

Chief Minister Pema Khandu and his cabinet colleagues, MPs, MLAs, government officials, members of NGOs and other stakeholders will lend their weight to the awareness campaign for the free jab to all eligible beneficiaries through 353 active Covid vaccination centres (CVCs) across the state.

Public representatives, community leaders, religious leaders, NGO representatives and media persons will participate at different CVCs – both urban and rural – to motivate the beneficiaries.

“Appeal videos of influential people and public representatives shall be circulated, and an appeal from the Chief Minister shall be circulated through all media for public information,” the statement said.

Apart from television, radio and social media, public address systems would be used to propagate information and awareness in the local dialect and through the local kebang.

The ASHAs, Anganwadi workers, National Youth Corps volunteers and representatives of community-based organisations have been entrusted with the responsibility of counselling in all the villages of the state.

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Selfie booths will also be set up in each of the CVCs to add a bit of entertainment to the vaccination drive with all participants expected to take the pledge for adhering to COVID appropriate behaviours.

As a follow-up step, the fully vaccinated villages, sectors, and colonies would be notified locally and ranked at the state level, the statement said.

All public representatives and leaders of various organisations would actively update on the vaccination programme daily, also countering rumours on social media for correct information and behavioural change.

The registration system has been simplified for the programme. This includes self-registration, on-site registration, special session person without prescribed identity cards near to home CVC, especially in rural areas without internet connectivity.

“The sessions for the 18-plus will be self or on-spot registration to be decided by the district administration concerned. Outreach sessions to cover the 45-plus and for differently-abled and senior citizens are ongoing in the districts,” the statement said.

The number of CVCs and the number of sessions in these CVCs is being scaled up based on a micro-plan prepared by the district authorities through a house-to-house survey. The number of slots in each session has been significantly increased to cover most beneficiaries within a short period.

Officials said mobile teams would be conducting sessions in multiple areas in a single day in very sparsely populated and high-risk areas.

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