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Special vaccination drive begins for auto, taxi and bus drivers and shopkeepers in CCpur

Drivers and shopkeepers should be vaccinated to ensure safety for riders and customers, says Minister Valte

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Churachandpur: With the number of COVID-19 cases still high, Minister (TA & Hills, GAD and Transport) 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 Wednesday.

As part of efforts to vaccinate the high risk group people, a special vaccination drive for the drivers and shopkeepers will continue till the 28th of this month beginning Thursday.

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Speaking on the occasion, the minister said that mass vaccination of the drivers and shopkeepers has emerged as the only defence against COVID-19 and more vaccinated drivers and shopkeepers means greater safety for the public. 

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 also instructed the district administration to arrange fixed 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 want to display the certificates in the shops or vehicles should cease to operate. Appropriate action will be taken by the concerned authority to the defaulters” the minister warned.

The District Administration said that they have faced 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.

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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