Reaching the vulnerable
Chaitee Rawat, 81, is one of thousands of elderly people in the Jumla Distrcit who have received the COVID-19 vaccine.
“I’m very excited to go get the shot,” she says. “Why wouldn’t I be happy to get the vaccine?”
The second phase of the campaign in Nepal is protecting elderly persons over the age of 65. But what about vaccine hesitancy? Indra says the majority of people are excited to have their COVID-19 vaccination.
Community health volunteers went door to door, even calling senior citizens on the phone to urge them to come get the vaccines.
“Health workers of this area are very active, they go to home visits for counselling, they also do counselling and mobilise female community health volunteers,” says Indra.