Kerala state, India, April 12, 2019.
Kerala is the first state in India to announce a diversity and non-discrimination policy for its children, a policy that comes after years of campaigning by the Indian National Congress, which led to the state’s new vaccine initiative.
“We are proud of our achievement in bringing a diversity policy to Kerala,” state Chief Minister K. Chandrasekhar Rao told reporters on Tuesday.
“This is the most comprehensive vaccine policy that we have seen in the country and we want to continue it.”
The initiative is aimed at improving the quality of the vaccines available for the state, with the aim of providing the state with an alternative to the national immunisation schedule.
“In addition to the vaccines, we have also introduced a diversity programme that includes a programme to identify the people who need the vaccine, a programme for the schools, a curriculum, the cultural background and so on,” Rao said.
He said the government was “inclined to expand the programme” if the people “do not want to receive the vaccine”.
Rao said that the state had introduced “very stringent vaccination requirements” and that the initiative was a “modest” programme, with some of the requirements requiring the children to have been vaccinated within the past five years.
“The programme is based on the National Immunisation Policy (NIP) and we are seeking feedback from all the stakeholders,” Rao added.
The programme includes a diversity program that includes an initiative to identify people who require the vaccine.
The policy was first introduced in 2015, but it has been expanded and implemented to cover more than 60,000 children, according to the Kerala state government.
The state’s vaccine programme was implemented by the State Immunisation Council (SIC) last year and has seen some successes, including the implementation of the programme in five districts of the state last year.
The vaccine is given at the end of the first two days of school holidays, with vaccination rates up to 95 per cent.
In the next two days, the vaccine is administered by trained health workers at schools.
After the vaccination, the children are given the vaccine by hand, in two doses.
The first dose is administered in public, while the second dose is given in private settings.
According to the official vaccine schedule, the first dose of the vaccine contains a tetanus, diphtheria, polio and a measles vaccine, with a booster dose given to children who are at least six months old.
The second dose contains a booster vaccine for the polio and diphteria vaccines.
The booster dose also contains the measles and tetanus vaccines.
The SIC said the programme had helped in the reduction of cases of polio, dibuprofen, hepatitis C and tetracovirus.
The number of deaths from polio in Kerala, however, has risen to nearly 1,200 per year since 2015.
The government has been criticised for its slow response to polio and other diseases.