The Haryana government has written to the Centre to have public representatives including MPs and MLAs listed among the priority groups for corona virus vaccination once it begins, Health Minister Anil Vij said o Saturday.
He also said the state government is making all preparations; in terms of building a database of priority groups, cold chain infrastructure; identification and training of vaccinators for rolling out vaccination.
He said while those on the frontline of the fight against corona virus such as a doctor, nurses, paramedics, etc. are on the priority list for vaccinations, the Haryana Health Department has written to the Union Health Ministry recommending that public representatives who come into contact with masses during their work also be included in the list.
Asked if MPs, MLAs too have been recommended; in this, Vij said over the phone, “This includes all public representatives who are at risk of getting exposed; to the virus including the police, local bodies personnel like sanitary and municipal workers, lawmakers and others.”
Notably, the Haryana Assembly has 90 members, and the state sends 10 members; to Lok Sabha and five to Rajya Sabha. Earlier, the Union Health Ministry had asked states to submit lists of priority populations; who are to receive the COVID-19 vaccine first.
The priority population is categorised as those who are at a higher risk of contracting the virus. Noting that it is natural to prioritise the corona virus vaccine distribution process, Union Health Minister Harsh Vardhan had earlier said healthcare workers and people aged above 65 would be given priority.