Asha Workers : Despite salary delays, Reached COVID vaccination goal in Kochi

Asha Workers

Asha Workers

KOCHI: The district administration is working hard to reach a 100% vaccination rate by the end of the month.And Asha employees are crucial to the project's success. They are in the forefront of tying up loose ends and coordinating the vaccination effort at the grassroot level, from preparing lists to ensuring immunisation for all who are eligible.Asha Worker in charge of the Vennala said,“Now the priority is for vaccination duty,” 

“Health officials share the details of vaccine doses available at hospitals, and if there is any slot vacant, they let us know. We have already prepared a list of those who have taken the jab and those who are as yet unvaccinated. We get in touch with those who are yet to be vaccinated and ensure that everyone takes the jab. Also, if anyone in the ward tests Covid positive, we get them medicines and ensure family members are in quarantine.

”“The number of Asha workers varies with the population of a particular ward. Initially, people were reluctant and it was really difficult to convince them to take the vaccine. Now almost everyone is ready for vaccination. In my ward, almost 80% of people above 18 have taken the jab,” she added.“The monthly salary is fixed at Rs 6,000 while Rs 2,000 is added as incentives and health duty pay. Often the payment is delayed. I have still not received my Rs 2,000 incentive for August” said an Asha worker in Mamangalam.Meanwhile, Piravom, Muvattupuzha, Angamaly, and Aluva municipalities, as well as at least nine panchayats in the district, have achieved virtually 100% first-dose immunisation of all those aged 18 and up.

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