As per circular no. 2382/2021 issued by the Deputy Commissioner, NMMC (Education dept.), a vaccination camp was arranged on the school premises of Amrita Vidyalayam for students of age group 15-18 years (Classes IX–XII) on Tuesday, January 4, 2022 from 9am to 4pm. The school geared up to bolster the free vaccination drive for the 15-18 age group as the health and well-being of our children is our topmost priority. We immediately sent the circular and all the necessary details to parents informing them about the vaccination drivethat was to be conducted on the school premises. Parents had been given the option of accompanying their children to school on the day. Teachers were reaching out to students and parents to create awareness by encouraging and motivating them to get vaccinated through this drive since it was easily accessible. They also reiterated the need to strictly follow the SOPs for safe operation of schools and avoidgatherings. The Municipal Health Officials headed by Dr. Pushpa took the initiative to conduct the vaccination drive at our school. As the state stands on the threshold of a third wave of Covid-19, our students after having their healthy breakfast, enthusiastically thronged the school to get their jabs and even urged reluctant classmates to join them. To avoid crowding, time slots were given to the students as mentioned – classes X and XII from 9 am-12.00 pm and classes IX and XI from 12.00 pm -3.30 pm. Parents were asked to register their wards through CoWIN Application (www.cowin.gov.in) before January 4th as prior registration was mandatory. Students carried their Aadhar Cards and their mobiles with registration number to receive the required OTP for vaccination. All necessary arrangements including the facility for onsite registration was provided in the school so that the vaccination drive could be conducted smoothly and successfully. Out of 294 students, 108 girls and 117 boys, i.e., 74% of boys and 79% of girls took the jab successfully. Students were inoculated with Covaxin.
Our school gave this drive maximum support as this programme gives priority to strengthening the country’s health care system as well as protecting the most vulnerable population groups based on scientific and epidemiological evidence.