“Journalists should be treated as frontline workers and allowed vaccination on priority,” says Delhi CM Arvind Kejriwal

Delhi CM Arvind Kejriwal has informed that the Delhi government is writing to the Centre asking journalists to be vaccinated on priority and be treated as frontline workers.

Delhi Cheif Minister and Aam Aadmi Party (AAP) supremo Arvind Kejriwal on Wednesday raised his concerns for the Indian journalists – who have been working round-the-clock as frontline people amid the pandemic. The AAP leader asserted that the Delhi government is writing to the Centre asking them to vaccinate journalists on priority.

“Journalists are reporting from most adverse situations. They shud be treated as frontline workers and shud be allowed vaccination on priority. Delhi govt is writing to centre in this regard”, Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal wrote in a tweet on Wednesday.

Mr Kejriwal’s tweet comes after Delhi reported over 13,500 cases in a span of 24 hours, on Tuesday. He had also urged the Centre to cancel Board exams for classes 10 & 12.

The second wave of novel Coronavirus has hit the Asian sub-continent hard and the nation trying its best to cope up with declining medical facilities. The Covid-19 cases continue to proliferate as the country reported 1,84,372 new cases and 1,027 related deaths on Tuesday.

In the midst of such alarming circumstances, journalists have been on the front lines, reporting on myriad local and national stories, exposing themselves to potential harm at hospitals, marches and political rallies. They have risked their lives to tender the details – eagerly sought by the anxious public, providing vital information to dispel fear and increase understanding.

Bihar Chief Minister on Friday (April 9, 2021) explained – he is in favour of the vaccination of journalists of all age groups and applauded their efforts amid the pandemic. He also asserted that they should be included among frontline workers, reported ANI.

India initiated the COVID-19 vaccination drive on January 16 with two vaccines – Covishield (Oxford-AstraZeneca’s vaccine manufactured by Serum Institute of India) and COVAXIN (manufactured by Bharat Biotech Limited).

The nation commenced its second phase of the Coronavirus vaccination drive to inoculate people above 60 years and those over 45 with comorbidities against the coronavirus from March 1, followed by the third phase on April 1 for all above 45 years of age, reported ANI.

The ANI report further added that Russia’s Sputnik V has also received approval from the Subject expert committee (SEC) for Emergency Use Authorisation (EUA), making it the third Covid-19 vaccine to get clearance in India.

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