NCW urges states/UTs to close gender gap in COVID-19 vaccination
New Delhi: The National Commission for Women (NCW) has written to Chief Secretaries of all States/UTs urging them to close the gender gap in COVID-19 vaccination following a media report highlighting low uptake of COVID-19 jabs among women.
NCW Chairperson, Ms Rekha Sharma, in the letter, has mentioned that there is an urgent need to increase the proportion of women coming to vaccination booths for receiving the vaccine.
The letter also mentions that there is also a need to create public health awareness so that more and more women are vaccinated on priority.
The National Commission for Women is the apex national level organisation with the mandate of protecting and promoting the interests of women under the aegis of the Ministry of Women and Child Development, Government of India.
Over 55.01 crore (55,01,93,040) vaccine doses have been provided to States/UTs so far through all sources, and further 59,16,920 doses are in the pipeline, as per the Ministry of Health and Family Welfare.
The total consumption, including wastages, is 52,59,93,669 doses (as per data available at 8 AM today).