24th May 2021: Ministry of Health announced walk-in access for the age group 18-44 at government vaccination centres. The final decision to implement this now rests with the state governments.
Let's push the state governments across the country to allow walk-ins and make the vaccination process accessible and inclusive.
Dr. Harshvardhan Singh, Health Minister of India
We are supporting the demands drafted and raised by the Internet Freedom Foundation.
Increase access to vaccinations
a. Allow walk-in access for all vaccinations.
b. Remove all onerous identity requirements for access to the vaccine.
c. Ensure the vaccines are taken to eligible populations at community level.
d. Ensure Vaccination certificates do not affect people's right to movement and access and further entrench inequities.
Ensure there are no barriers, including mandating Aadhaar, for access to diagnostics, hospital beds, oxygen cylinders, medication or any other treatment.
Protect people's rights over their data
a. Ensure the CoWin platform is not made mandatory for registrations for vaccinations.
b. Ensure that vaccination is not used to as a way for hidden consent collection for health ID generation & data sharing
Permit vaccination for all without ID proof or proof of residence.
Why is this important?
A few months ago students of classes 10th and 12th were back in school, politicians were campaigning in several parts of the country and the government was busy patting itself on the back for handling the Covid crisis. Our current situation was not forecasted and hard to imagine! India’s COVID second wave has turned into one of the worst outbreaks in the world with official cases and deaths breaking world records every other day.
With hospitals across the country swamped with patients and the healthcare system on the brink of collapse, vaccinating the entire population as soon as possible is the only way out.
However, it seems like the world’s largest vaccination drive excludes people on the basis of rural-urban divide, tech knowledge and access to high speed internet. The mandatory online registration for vaccination without walk-ins is leaving the poor, vulnerable and marginalized population behind, creating a huge divide in access to the life saving vaccine.
Apart from that, there have been reports of hospitals, private suppliers and state governments mandating Aadhaar cards for access to diagnostics, medicines, oxygen supplies, and the vaccine. In the time of crisis, these mandates become obstacles and could cost people their loved ones and families.
Community vaccine drives are the need of the hour. Daily wage workers & other groups living day-to-day cannot afford the technical, material & mental costs of vaccination in India.
As long as the entire population is not vaccinated, lockdowns and the crumbling of our health infrastructure will be inevitable. If vaccine registration isn’t made offline and accessible to everyone, chances of getting rid of the Covid crisis remains bleak.
Let’s end vaccine inequality.
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