AGARTALA: Tripura Government has decided to include journalists in the list of COVID-19 warriors who will receive the vaccination in the second phase, Cabinet Minister Ratan Lal Nath said on Thursday.
Journalists in Tripura will receive the vaccination in the second phase along with other COVID warriors like police, central armed police forces, revenue department staff, municipal sanitation staff, among others.
The state health department has advised journalists to follow instructions and upload their names by January 31.
"The director of the Information and Culture Affairs department has been asked to take the initiative to upload names of the journalists in the CoWin portal by January 31," Nath said.
Earlier, the Agartala Press Club had made demands for free vaccines for journalists as frontline COVID heroes.
The Tripura Assembly of Journalists had also written to the Union Health Minister to provide vaccines to media persons and their family members.
On October 20 last year, 46-year-old Jitendra Debbarma, a video journalist with a local cable television channel, succumbed to Covid-19, becoming Tripura's first journalist Covid-19 casualty.
Tripura has almost 1,000 journalists who work across the state its eight districts.
Agartala Press Club secretary Pranab Sarkar has also asked journalists to register their names and submit copies of their Aadhar cards within the next two days to receive vaccine shots under the second phase of vaccination.
A total of 20,233 frontline COVID warriors have received COVID vaccine shots in the state so far. 59,794 persons will receive vaccines in the second phase.
Tripura's COVID-19 total caseload climbed to 33, 346 in the past 24-hours. The fatality rate stands at 1.16 per cent and positivity rate at 5.52 per cent, while the recovery rate has reached 98.76 per cent. Death toll stands at 388 and has remain unchanged over the past two weeks.
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