Imphal: Manipuri actor and model Sushanta Rajkumar, popularly known as RK Sushant, organised the second phase of the free COVID-19 vaccination camp for people hailing Northeast people in Chandigarh, Panchkula and Mohali in Punjab.
Over 200 people from the region were vaccinated during the drive in which concluded on Sunday.
The second vaccination camp was arranged for the people who missed the first camp organised last month in which 40 people hailing from various parts of the Northeast region were vaccinated.
For the convenience of the people who had reached out to him for vaccination, the actor had also arranged a bus service from his residence in Chandigarh to the vaccination site in Zirakpur, Punjab. The vaccination was organised at Zirakpur by following the Standard Operating Procedure.
“Being healthy and safe during this pandemic is the top priority for everyone. However, what about those staying away from home for work and studies? Their families are equally concerned about their health and safety too but when you are in a different place and environment you become helpless,” said Sushanta on the vaccination drive.
“That is why I took up the initiative to start this vaccination drive for people from Northeast India staying in and around Chandigarh but have not been able to get vaccinated yet. I believe this is the least I can do for all the love and support the people from the region has given me,” he added.
He further added, “I am considering the rollout of such vaccination camps across major cities in India where Northeast Indians reside. We are still monitoring the responses and will take a call basis the requirement after consulting experts to ensure that the best support can be given to the people from the region.”
The COVID-19 vaccination drive for people of Northeast India in Punjab was initiated by the actor who also runs a foundation called Pink Foundation after he learned about many Northeast Indians in Punjab struggling to get vaccinated from his fans and followers.
The vaccination drive was supported by a team of doctors and medical professionals from the Punjab health department. The vaccination drive has so far successfully inoculated 215 people hailing from the states of Arunachal Pradesh, Assam, Manipur, Mizoram, Nagaland and Sikkim.