Updated: September 5, 2021 7:46:35 am
As part of its Covid response efforts, the Akanksha Foundation recently launched Mission MaxVax to ensure maximum vaccination in its communities. “We have helped facilitate at least 7,000 vaccinations across Pune and Mumbai,” said Saurabh Taneja, CEO of Akansha Foundation.
The Akanksha Foundation collaborates with the state government for providing quality education to children from low-income communities. It runs 27 English medium schools in Pune, Mumbai and Nagpur, impacting over 10,000 children with the help of 575 educators and an alumni base of more than 4000. With Mission MaxVax, the foundation is prioritising vaccination of 70 per cent of their families by December this year.
All Akanksha schools have switched to virtual learning to ensure children continue with their education despite school closures due to the pandemic.
“An initial survey in May-June had showed that one in two people were reluctant to take the shot. However, assuming that there is a third wave and there is a pressing need to vaccinate parents, our teams have rallied together to mobilise parents in busting any misconceptions they may have about vaccines,” Taneja said.
Over the past two-and-a-half months, teachers have been making weekly phone calls and inquiring about the status of vaccination in families via parent-teacher meetings, Taneja said, adding that their goal was to vaccinate at least 30,000 in their parents’ community.
Akanksha’s Mission enables priority access for the urban poor by easing the process, right from registering online to gaining access to a centre to post-vaccination follow-up and tracking of doses. “We are harnessing our power as schools to extend our role beyond educators to ensure the safety of children and their families and the larger community – a majority of whom are migrants and daily wagers,” said Taneja.