‘No Vaccine, No Ration’: Aligarh Starts Campaign To Administer COVID-19 Vaccines At PDS Shops

The Aligarh administration in Uttar Pradesh has made it compulsory for people to get inoculated for taking rations from the Public Distribution System (PDS) shops

The Aligarh administration in Uttar Pradesh has made it compulsory for people to get inoculated for taking rations from the Public Distribution System (PDS) shops. Yesterday the campaign has been kicked off by the administration. There are 198 PDS ration shops in Aligarh and COVID-19 vaccines will be given at all of them.

A team of healthcare workers at each ration shop has been deployed by the Health Department and the shops will remain open every day, according to reports published in Hindustan and Jagran. The Health Department has also linked with students from Sai Medical College.

The department has also come out with a new slogan saying ‘First get vaccinated, then bring ration, Corona will be defeated’- to encourage people to get inoculated. From now, ration will be given only after producing the vaccine certificate. Those who are not vaccinated will be vaccinayed at the site and then will be given their quota of ration.

Around 75 teams have been formed by the Chief Medical Officer has to assist in the campaign. These teams will be positioned at all 198 ration shops. If two or three shops are in close locality, then one team will cover all those shops.

On November 19, a camp was set up at the ration shops in the Upperkot area of the city on the instructions of CMO Dr. Anand Kumar Upadhyay. Earlier, ration dealers were asked to formulate a list of people who were not inoculated to date. Dr. Upadhyay has said that in addition to District Hospital, Women’s Hospital, Deendayal Hospital, Medical College, all CHCs, PHCs, Urban PHCs, vaccine booths will also be set up in rural areas.

This is probably the first time that vaccine certificates will be checked before distributing ration. Earlier, some districts of Uttar Pradesh had made taking vaccines mandatory for purchasing alcohol

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