Tripura journalists included in COVID warriors' list, to receive vaccines in 2nd phase
Tripura Government has decided to include journalists in the list of COVID-19 warriors who will receive vaccination in the second phase.
Tripura is arguably the first state in Northeast India to take such a decision for the welfare of journalists.
According to the Cabinet Minister Ratan Lal Nath, the government has decided to provide vaccine to the journalists in the second phase along with other COVID warriors like police, armed forces and cleaning staff.
"The cabinet today (Jan 28) cleared a proposal for inclusion of journalists in the list of the second phase of Covid-19 immunisation programme", Nath said on Thursday evening.
The Agartala Press Club had earlier demanded free corona vaccines for journalists as frontline COVID warriors.
The Tripura Assembly of Journalists had also earlier written to the Union Health Minister to provide vaccines to media persons and their family members.
The minister appealed to the media persons to register their names within 31st January in the Information Department to avail COVID vaccination.
Till date, a total of 20,233 frontline COVID warriors have received COVID vaccine shots in the state while 59,794 persons will be administered in the second phase.
With the continuous decreasing trend of COVID-19 infection, the recovery rate in the state has now reached 98.76 per cent and the COVID death toll remains the same for the past two weeks at 388.
Tripura's COVID-19 total caseload rose to 33, 346 in the past 24-hours. Meanwhile, the fatality rate stands at 1.16 per cent and positivity rate at 5.52 per cent.
(Edited by Ibankyntiew Mawrie)