Ramakanta Biswas

Bhubaneswar: Journalists working in Odisha may soon get the Covid-19 vaccine shots as the State government on Wednesday urged the Centre to include them as the frontline workers and consider their vaccination.

Apart from journalists and other personnel of the print and electronic media, the State health department has also urged for inclusion of staff engaged in maintenance of essential services like electricity and water supply, staff engaged at airports, railways and sea ports and sebayats (Priests) of Lord Jagannath Temple, Puri and Lingaraj Temple in Bhubaneswar in the vaccination drive.

“I am to submit that officials from different Department who were engaged for COVID-19 surveillance & containment measures at State & district level are being vaccinated as Front Line Workers in our State since February 2021. However, many categories of persons who are at risk of exposure to infection due to the nature of their work have not been included as FLWs,” Additional Chief Secretary (Health) PK Mohapatra wrote in a letter to the Union Health Secretary.

Mohapatra requested the health secretary to consider inclusion of the above categories for the COVID vaccination on priority and communicate necessary approval at an early date.

(Edited By Pradeep Singh)