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Journos must be treated as frontline staff for Covid vaccination: Fadnavis

Maharashtra Leader of Opposition Devendra Fadnavis demanded that journalists, photographers and camerapersons be included in the frontline workers category to get them inoculated against coronavirus

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Devendra Fadnavis. File Photo: PTI
Devendra Fadnavis. File Photo: PTI

Maharashtra Leader of Opposition

on Wednesday demanded that journalists, photographers and camerapersons be included in the frontline workers category to get them inoculated against .

In a letter to Chief Minister Uddhav Thackeray, the BJP leader said at least 12 states in the country have recognised and camerapersons as frontline workers and vaccinated them.

"Some 12 states in the country have recognised and camerapersons as frontline workers and given them the vaccine. Unfortunately, the decision is still pending in Maharashtra," Fadnavis said.

Several media persons have succumbed to COVID-19 in the first and second waves of the pandemic, he said.

"It is our duty to take care of . Once they are recognised as frontline workers, they will get prioritised in the vaccination drive," he said.

Journalists visit hospitals, crematoriums and other places to highlight problems faced by the common man during the pandemic, the leader of opposition said.

"They are involved in sensitising people about COVID- 19 appropriate behaviour, physical distancing and other norms. Many journalists cannot work from home. Hence, there should be no further delay in including them in frontline workers category, so they get vaccinated," he said.

States including Odisha, Madhya Pradesh, Bihar, Punjab, West Bengal among others have recognised media persons as frontline workers for the COVID-19 vaccination drive.

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First Published: Wed, May 12 2021. 14:52 IST
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