While acknowledging the impact of Mission Indradhanush in improving immunization coverage across the districts over the three phases, Hon’ble Prime Minister through PRAGATI platform, emphasized the need of a supplemental aggressive action plan to cover all left outs and drop outs in select districts and urban areas with low routine immunization coverage in a specific time-frame (December 2018).
In the light of the above, Government of India is introducing “Intensified Mission Indradhanush (IMI)” in select districts and urban areas of the country to achieve the target of more than 90% coverage.
Intensified Mission Indradhanush will primarily focus on:
(a) Areas with vacant sub centres-ANM not posted or absent for more than 3 months
(b) Unserved/low coverage pockets in sub-centre or urban areas, due to issues around vaccine hesitancy of program reach; sub centre/ANM catering to populations much higher than norms
(c) Villages/areas with three or more consecutive missed routine immunization sessions.
(d) High risk areas identified by the polio eradication program that are not having independent routine immunization sessions and clubbed with some other routine immunization sessions such as;
(i) Urban slums with migratory population
(ii) Nomadic sites (brick kilns, construction sites, other migrant settlements-fisherman villages, riverine areas with shifting populations, underserved and hard-to-reach populations-forested and tribal populations, hilly areas, etc.
(iii) Areas with low routine immunization coverage identified through measles outbreaks, cases of diphtheria and neonatal tetanus in the last two years.
Intensified Mission Indradhanush Immunization drive will be spread over 7 working days starting from 7th of every month. These 7 days do not include holidays, Sundays and the routine immunization days planned in that week.