Lucknow: As vaccination rolls out for the senior citizens of this country, not every person is in a position to make it to the vaccination centre. Especially those who have no one to care for. Aiming to bridge that crucial needgap, Robin Hood Army volunteers have pledged to fast-track COVID-19 vaccination for millions of senior citizens through their #SeniorPatrol Campaign.
The decision by Robinhood Army has come at a time when India is currently undertaking the world’s largest mass vaccination exercise.
With the administration of the second dose of the vaccine for health and frontline workers almost over, Phase 2 of the vaccination exercise has commenced. 100 million senior citizens aged 60 years and above will be vaccinated during this phase. The Government of India has launched a tech-enabled platform, Co-Win for the registration of all beneficiaries under this Phase.
However there is an urgent need to set up systems that expedite the vaccine distribution machinery.
If estimates are anything to go by then (Only ~1% of the population got vaccinated since distribution started). The Robin Hood Army has announced the launch of #SeniorPatrol, a tech-enabled system through which Robins, who are spread across every neighbourhood in India will help millions of senior citizens in two ways:
- Support senior citizens with vaccine registrations on the Co-Win platform: Online registration of all beneficiaries is recommended for vaccination for COVID 19.
However, senior citizens (specifically those residing in homeless clusters, slums, and old age homes) are often not well versed with technology to register themselves.
Robins will help such senior citizens register online through the CO-Win App.
- Physically bringing the elderly to the vaccination centres: Robins will help senior citizens receive their prescribed vaccine doses by taking them to and from the vaccine centres.
The Campaign will be launched on 8th March 2021 across 150+ Indian cities. The Robin Hood Army has a force of 100 Thousand Robins and is confident of serving millions of senior citizens pan-India. The process will be simple – If you are a senior citizen living alone/ or a worried relative of a senior citizen staying away from you, you can fill out a self-explanatory form on the organisation’s website requesting for Robin Hood Army’s service. A Robin will reach out to you within a few hours of the request.
The Robin Hood Army had run a similar project during the peak of the pandemic and the national lockdown in 2020, where the #SeniorPatrol mechanism enabled thousands of Robins to serve senior citizens across the country with urgent needs such as rations and medicine
Representatives from Robin Hood Army said “There are 100M senior citizens Indians whose lives are most vulnerable during Covid – even with the country’s cases flattening, the risks of a second wave/ mutation is real. Civic Society has to step in to support the government. The Robin Hood Army will extend technology and logistics support, to help millions of senior citizens get vaccinated.
All Robin Hood Army volunteers are trained to adopt adequate safety measures and exercise COVID appropriate behaviour (sanitise and wear masks and gloves) while serving citizens. . As every RHA initiative, each volunteer will do this in their free time and there will be no monetary donation involved.