2,000 cops, frontline workers get the jab, drive in Kolkata may start on Monday, Health News, ET HealthWorld

KOLKATA: Close to 2,000 cops and other frontline workers were vaccinated in the state on Friday, the second day since the vaccination drive for frontline workers apart from healthcare workers began in Bengal on Thursday.

Officers of Howrah police, including commissioner Kunal Aggarwal and DC (headquarters) Dyutiman Bhattacharya, featured among the maximum number of recipients on Friday.

“We reported to the hospital around 11.30am and were administered the first dose of Covishield. Neither me nor any officer in my knowledge experienced any discomfort. The process was seamless and I am glad to be among the early batch of officers in our state to have received the vaccine,” Bhattacharya said.

In Howrah, two hospitals were earmarked as primary vaccination booths — Howrah General Hospital for the urban area and Uluberia Subdivisional Hospital for the rural zone. At Howrah General Hospital, 55 frontline workers — 50 of them cops — got the jab, said hospital superintendent Narayan Chatterjee.

Among other recipients were officers-in-charge of a number of police stations along with a few civil defence personnel.

“I am fine. There has been no pain or dizziness and I even walked six kilometres in the evening as part of my daily exercise routine,” said a Howrah officer.

A senior city cop told TOI vaccination of officers in Kolkata was likely to begin on Monday. “We have sent mails to every police station asking them to be prepared and are also appointing division-wise nodal officers to keep a note of the number of cops being vaccinated per day and check if any of them develop discomfort after the vaccination,” said an officer.

An official at SSKM Hospital said they have been asked to keep their vaccination sites ready for healthcare and frontline workers simultaneously from Monday. “At least half of healthcare workers in our hospital are yet to take the vaccine,” the official said.

Altogether, 23,677 people were inoculated on Friday at 507 sites across the state with one reported case of serious AEFI. So far, 3,43,701 recipients have got their first dose of Covid-19 vaccine in the state.

(With inputs from Rupak Banerjee)

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