STOCK MARKET BSE NSE

Who will get vaccine first? Paramilitary, civic workers, police among frontline workers

These frontline workers would be the first recipients of the Covid vaccine in the country.  The first category will also include personnel of civil defence and home guards.

Published: 01st January 2021 08:30 AM  |   Last Updated: 01st January 2021 08:30 AM   |  A+A-

woman police, police woman, kerala police

A Kerala cop quenching her thirst while on duty in front of the Secretariat (Photo | Vincent Pulickal, EPS)

By Express News Service

NEW DELHI:  The Centre has finalised the definition of a frontline warrior including six services into the category — police, paramilitary personnel, civic workers dealing with municipal waste treatment-related activities, fire safety personnel, prison staffers and disaster management professionals working with National Disaster Management Authority (NDMA) . 

These frontline workers would be the first recipients of the Covid vaccine in the country.  The first category will also include personnel of civil defence and home guards. Prison staffers were originally not enlisted in the frontline warriors but the Ministry of Home Affairs stressed that prison staff across the country be treated as frontline workers, and get them vaccinated in earlier rounds. Demands of some states such as Bihar to enlist revenue and power utility staffers as frontline workers could not be fulfilled, government officials said. 

The decision was taken by the Centre in consultation with the states.  States and Union Territories were earlier told through a meeting to appoint state-level nodal officers for the vaccine roll-out plan. The Centre has already started simultaneous dry-run for the vaccine roll-out plan in four states.

Nearly 30 crore Indians will receive two-shot Covid vaccine in the first two rounds of immunisation. In the first phase of immunisation drive, one crore health workers and an estimated two crore other frontline workers will be given the vaccine.  They will be followed, in the second round, by people aged above 50 years and those with comorbidities, whose population is estimated to be nearly 27 crore.



Comments

Disclaimer : We respect your thoughts and views! But we need to be judicious while moderating your comments. All the comments will be moderated by the newindianexpress.com editorial. Abstain from posting comments that are obscene, defamatory or inflammatory, and do not indulge in personal attacks. Try to avoid outside hyperlinks inside the comment. Help us delete comments that do not follow these guidelines.

The views expressed in comments published on newindianexpress.com are those of the comment writers alone. They do not represent the views or opinions of newindianexpress.com or its staff, nor do they represent the views or opinions of The New Indian Express Group, or any entity of, or affiliated with, The New Indian Express Group. newindianexpress.com reserves the right to take any or all comments down at any time.

flipboard facebook twitter whatsapp