Maharashtra opposition leader Devendra Fadnavis on Wednesday called for journalists, photographers and cameramen to be included in the frontline worker category to vaccinate them against the coronavirus. In a letter to Chief Minister Uddhav Thackeray, the BJP leader said at least 12 states across the country have recognized journalists and cameramen as frontline workers and vaccinated them.
“A dozen states across the country have recognized journalists and filmmakers as frontline workers and given them the vaccine. Unfortunately, the decision is still pending in Maharashtra,” Fadnavis said. Several media people succumbed to COVID-19 in the first and second waves of the pandemic, he said.
“It is our duty to take care of journalists. Once they are recognized as frontline workers, they will be a priority in the vaccination campaign,” he said. Journalists are visiting hospitals, crematoriums and other places to highlight the problems common man faces during the pandemic, the opposition leader said.
“They are involved in educating people about appropriate COVID-19 behavior, physical distancing and other standards. Many journalists cannot work from home. Therefore, there should be no more delays for include them in the category of frontline workers, so that they are vaccinated, “he mentioned.
States such as Odisha, Madhya Pradesh, Bihar, Punjab, West Bengal, among others, have recognized the media as frontline agents for the COVID-19 vaccination campaign.