Acknowledging the efforts of media personnel in disseminating crucial information and promoting public awareness in the National capital, the Delhi Government has offered to organize a mass COVID-19 vaccination drive for media persons. An official representing the Delhi Government added that media persons should be treated on par with the frontline workers as they play an important role in generating mass awareness. The initiative was announced on Friday.
The vaccination camps will be organised at the offices of the media houses and the cost will be borne by the government, he said. This initiative comes at a time when the vaccination slots are scanty and people are facing difficulties in getting an opportunity to secure their vaccine slot.
The first step in this initiative would include the government seeking details of employees from their respective organisations, following which the health department will further proceed, he added.
Further on, the Press Council of India reiterated its recommendation on Thursday, where it suggested to the Centre and State governments that journalists be included in the category of ''COVID warriors'' and also given insurance cover. The Press Council also lauded the efforts of the Governments of Odisha, Bihar and Madhya Pradesh who have considered journalists among ''frontline workers for their hard work in this pandemic situation'' and have extended financial help to them
On 5th May, the Uttar Pradesh government had also announced that journalists and their families will get special consideration in the state and will receive priority in vaccination against COVID-19.