Gangtok: On May 19, Sikkim Government organized a special vaccination drive for 120 working journalists of the State falling in the category of 18-44 age group. The vaccination included reporters, editors, photographers, videographers, news readers, designers, production unit staffs and drivers working with various media entities in the State at Thakurbari Mandir vaccination centre in Gangtok.

Along with the journalists, the ruling SKM party’s SKM Darpan staffs were also vaccinated on the occasion. District journalists will also be vaccinated along with those left out over the next few days.

The initiative pursued by the Journalist Union of Sikkim led by its President Bhim Rawat expressed gratitude to Chief Minister Prem Singh Golay as well as the state government for organizing a ‘hassle free’ vaccination drive for the scribes.

Vide a press release, JUS highlighted how the Sikkim chief minister Prem Singh Tamang on Sunday had announced that media officials will be given priority during the vaccination drive against COVID-19 following the demand raised by the Journalist Union of Sikkim for a special vaccination drive. Rawat also thanked the health workers for the smooth execution of the vaccination drive and the organisation’s members those who have put their extra effort into this special drive.

Puran Tamang, General Secretary, Press Club of Sikkim expressed gratitude to the CM and the state government for a special arrangement which he claimed, “will bolster the war against coronavirus and also boost the morale of journalists.

Notably, several states including Madhya Pradesh, Odisha, Bihar, Tamil Nadu and others have declared journalists as ‘frontline workers’ and the Journalist Union of Sikkim had also placed the same demand. The CM has assured journalists will be declared as ‘frontline workers’ which is a step away from cabinet approval.

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