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‘Tika Utsav’: India’s 4-day Covid vaccination festival

In a bid to contain the surge in Covid-19 cases, India’s special four-day vaccination programme (Tikka Utsav) kicked off today. The mass vaccination programme starts amid an unprecedented surge of coronavirus cases in India since the start of the year. India recorded more than 1.5 lakh fresh Covid-19 infections today. India has been witnessing an unprecedented surge of coronavirus cases since the start of the year. This morning, India added 1,52,879 fresh cases today as the country’s Covid tally reached over 1.33 crore cases. 839 deaths in the last 24 hour pushed the total death count to 1.69 lakh.

Tika Utsav started today on the birth anniversary of Mahatma Jyotiba Phule and will continue till the birth anniversary of Babasaheb Ambedkar on 14 April.

In a tweet, PM Modi on Sunday urged citizens to follow the Covid guidelines and participate in ‘Tika Utsav’ beginning today.

‘Tika Utsav’ is the beginning of a second major war against Corona: PM

PM Modi has called the ‘Tika Utsav’, vaccination festival, the beginning of the second big war against Corona and has emphasised special focus on social hygiene along with personal hygiene.

In a message on the occasion, the Prime Minister stressed four points about the drive. 

1) Each One- Vaccinate, meaning those who can’t go themselves for vaccination, such as illiterate and old people, should be assisted.

2) Each One- Treat One. This involves helping people in getting Corona treatment, who do not have resources or knowledge to get it.

3) Each One- Save One, meaning I should wear the mask and save myself and others. This should be stressed.

4) Society and people should lead in creating ‘micro containment zones’. Family members and community members should create a ‘micro containment zone’, in case of even a single positive case. 

Society and people should lead in creating ‘micro containment zones’: PM

‘Micro containment zones’ are a key component of the fight against Corona in a densely populated country like India, said the Prime Minister. The Prime Minister emphasized the need for testing and awareness. He asked that every eligible person should get vaccinated. This should be the primary effort of both the society and the administration, he said.

We have to move towards zero vaccine wastage: PM

The Prime Minister insisted that we have to move towards zero vaccine wastage. Optimum utilization of vaccination capacity is a way of increasing our capacity, said the Prime Minister

The Prime Minister said our success will be determined by awareness about ‘micro containment zones’, by not moving out of our homes unnecessarily, vaccination of all eligible persons and how we follow covid appropriate behaviour like wearing masks and other protocols.

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