Seniors face difficulty in getting vaccine; SHD requests for door-step facility

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Seniors face difficulty in getting vaccine; SHD requests for door-step facility

“We want vaccination facility at societies/RWAs level”

Seniors face difficulty in getting vaccine; SHD requests for door-step facility

Dwarka: On May 18, a copy of the petition was filed by Seniors Hub Dwarka (SHD), a registered NGO, in which most of the members are part of RWAs of their cooperative group housing societies along with retired high positions from the government or private sectors.

Ravi Jaitley, 68, General Secretary, SHD, who started this petition, said “During this COVID pandemic period, we had started ‘Mission Vaccination’ drive  under which group vaccination for the first dose was got done for over 120 senior citizens of Dwarka irrespective of being our members or not in private hospitals. Senior citizens are now finding it  difficult to get the second dose due to non-availability of adequate quantities of doses. Moreover, the walk-in facility available during the first phase has been withdrawn, posing problems to the senior citizens who mostly are not tech-savvy.  Many of the senior citizen's  have returned from the centres without vaccination. We, therefore, request you to please have this system looked into and allow walk-ins for the 2nd dose in all private and government hospitals/dispensaries for senior citizens. This will go a long way in helping the senior citizens of Delhi.”

Anil Kumar Parashar, 65, Resident of Agrasen Apartments, Sector 7, Dwarka, Joint Secretary of Dwarka Forum and Chairman of Green circle NGO said, “Issue regarding vaccination at doorsteps was raised and petition moved for endorsement of public and organisations on May 18. Till now, the petition has the endorsement of more than 725 people and continuing. This petition demands vaccination at doorsteps in group housing societies since it came to notice that senior citizens are finding it difficult to get them either the first dose or the second dose. During the  lockdown, it was aggravated for reasons that most of the private hospitals expressed inability for various reasons. The further cumbersome procedure of registration due to lack of knowledge of IT technology amongst senior citizens has also created hindrances. There are various problems we are facing like pick and drop facility, lack of information about vaccination centres, stoppage of vaccination by private hospitals suddenly and shortage of vaccines.”

“Samuel, a member of SHD, went to a Sector 9 dispensary with his wife, but they were returned because they were not  having appointments. Both of them are in their 70s. You can understand their plight too in this lockdown period. That's why we want doorstep vaccination,” he added.
Anil Nayal, a member of SHD said, “We want vaccination to be given door to door at societies’ level so that most of the residents get benefitted especially, senior citizens. Door to door  vaccination will also minimise the crowd at the vaccination centre and there will be no chances of getting infected.”

“Societies/RWAs can also provide space and other facilities within their residential complex for vaccination. It will also be easy to manage vaccination drives in society. It should be done so that most of the residents get benefit especially senior citizens. Door to door vaccination will also minimise the crowd at the vaccination centre and there will be no chances of getting infected. Societies/RWAs also provide space and other facilities within their residential complex for vaccination. It will also be easy to manage vaccination drives in the society,” he added.