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Vaccination for kids can be available at home at the click of a button

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Kolkata: Aiming to ease the process of immunisation for busy parents, a new healthcare startup here on Thursday launched a hassle-free door-to-door vaccination service for children.

Indivac, a professional at-home vaccination service, has started providing services in Kolkata and will soon branch out to Hyderabad and other Indian states.

Onboard are a team of two paediatricians and eight trained paramedics who will take care of all aspects of the immunisation process, including any troubleshooting, said Indivac founder and CEO Amit Agarwal.

“We have seen that it becomes a concern for parents to take time out from their busy schedule to go to the physician and get their kids vaccinated. In addition, there are worries about hygiene as well. To counter all that, we are bringing trained professionals to their doorsteps at the click of a button,” said Agarwal.

In order to access, users will need to register for vaccinations via a toll-free number as well or the startup’s website.

“After logging in, they need to upload their physician’s prescriptions and vaccination card. Once our team verifies their authenticity, parents can order an injection as per their convenience. They can also track the movements of the designated paramedic,” said co-founder Alkesh Agarwal.

The web-based service will soon be integrated with a mobile app scheduled to be inaugurated in a month.

Each vaccination drive costs Rs.99 while customers get a discount of 15 percent on the vaccines procured from leading manufacturers.

Apart from the benefit of maintaining a database of medical history online, users will also get alerts for the next vaccination dose.

“The company will ensure data is protected and will also dispose of the biomedical waste in a regulated manner. We are storing the vaccines in proper portable cold chain boxes.

“Invoice is provided via mail and handed over physically to ensure transparency,” said Alkesh, adding that the number of consultant doctors and trained paramedics will also grow as they fan out.

The company, with a corpus of Rs.1 crore, is also delivering adult vaccines as well as pregnancy/IVF injections according to prescriptions, the founders said.

(IANS)

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Vaccination Not Forced on Children: Delhi Health Authorities

The prime target, according to the Ministry, is immunising children in the pre-schools, school children from both government and private institutions and those out of school

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Vaccination not forced on children: Delhi health authorities. Flickr

The measles and rubella (MR) vaccination programme, which was deferred following an intervention by the Delhi High Court, does not override the consent of students, said state’s health authorities for the campaign.

“It is totally wrong to say that vaccination was administered without consent. Though there has never been the process of seeking permission for any vaccination from guardians, people are free to refuse vaccination as we don’t force anyone,” Dr Suresh Seth, Delhi programme chief for immunisation told IANS on Wednesday.

The Delhi High Court on Tuesday deferred implementation of the “Measles and Rubella (MR) Vaccine Immunisation Campaign”, saying that vaccination cannot be administered “forcibly” and without the consent of parents.

The court’s order came while hearing pleas by parents of some minor students at city’s schools alleging that the MR campaign is a “violation of the fundamental rights” of the students as their consent had not been taken.

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A child receives a vaccination shot at a hospital in Rongan in China’s southern Guangxi region on July 23, 2018. VOA

“We will comply with court’s orders. Our preparations are same and will start the very next day the high court gives clearance for the campaign,” Dr Seth said.

The Delhi Health Department will also share inputs with the Health and Welfare Family Ministry, which has been asked by the high court to respond by January 21.

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The measles and rubella vaccination campaign was scheduled to begin in the national capital from January 15, aiming at immunising nearly 55 lakh children in the age group of 9 months up to 15 years across 11 districts of Delhi.

The prime target, according to the Ministry, is immunising children in the pre-schools, school children from both government and private institutions and those out of school. (IANS)