Imphal: Manipur chief minister N Biren Singh has announced that all the accredited working journalists in the state will be vaccinated for COVID-19 on a priority basis.

Singh also declared the journalists in the state as frontline workers amid the second wave of COVID-19 pandemic.

Taking to Twitter, the chief minister said: “We recognise the effort of our journalists to disseminate news & the risk they are exposed to, is no less than other frontline workers. In recognition of all the accredited working journalist as Frontline Warriors,the State Govt. will now vaccinate all the journalists on priority.”

Singh also urged the working journalists to take care of themselves from the infection but continue to serve the people with the same vigour as they have always been doing it.

As of May 1, the total number of persons, including healthcare workers, vaccinated for COVID-19 in Manipur is 1,94,659.

The COVID-19 vaccination for the age group of 18-44 years is yet to begin in Manipur due to delay in sending the consignment, as per the reports.

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However, the state has already placed an order of three lakh doses of vaccination to Serum Institute of India, Pune and the delivery schedule is awaited, according to the State Health Society, Manipur.

The public will be informed in advance once the arrival date of the vaccine is confirmed for initiating the COVID-19 vaccination, said Dr N Shyamjai Singh, state mission director, NHM Manipur.

In the meantime, the required logistics are being taken up for the successful rollout of third phase vaccination programme for the age group of 18-44 year, he added.

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