‘Drivers, shopkeepers should be vaccinated’, special vaccination drive to begin on Thursday

Imphal: As part of efforts to vaccinate the high risk group people, a special vaccination drive for the drivers and shopkeepers will begin on Thursday and continue till July 28.

With the number of Covid-19 cases still high, tribal affairs and hills minister Vungzagin Valte, who is also the minister in-charge of Churachandpur and Pherzawl districts chaired a meeting related to public transportation and conveyance in the districts at DC conference hall, mini secretariat, Churachandpur, on Wednesday.

Mass vaccination of the drivers and shopkeepers has emerged as a major defence against Covid-19 and more vaccinated drivers and shopkeepers means greater safety on the public, Valte said .

To facilitate the vaccination drive for shopkeepers and drivers, the minister urged representatives from different transport associations to submit the complete list of persons to the CMO or DC office. He instructed the district administration to arrange fix vaccination venues for the drivers and shopkeepers.

The minister instructed the shopkeepers and drivers to display the vaccination certificate in a prominent place for people to see.

“Those who don’t display the certificates in the shops or vehicles should cease to operate. Appropriate action will be taken against the defaulters” the minister warned.

The district administration said its officials face resistance from some villages within the district, but the team has been able to continue achieving the more than 1000 vaccinations per day.

The districts of Churachandpur and Pherzawl have so far vaccinated 78303 and 10142 persons respectively of which about 200 are drivers so far, an official statement statement said.

Pawan Yadav, DC, Thangboi Gangte ADC, Khaikhopau Ngaihte ADC, Lawrence K. Munluo, ASP, presidents and secretaries of transport associations and DLOs from the concerned departments attended the meeting.

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