The Karnataka government withdrew the order just after a day. The government of Karnataka decided to vaccinate staff at all airports in the state on a priority basis. But on Sunday, they withdrew the decision. The airport staff is no more front line workers.
As per a statement released by the Health and Family Welfare Services Commissioner, the circular (dated January 22) referring to airport employees as “front line workers” is removed. On that circular, no action should be taken,” the clarification read.
The Commissioner had issued a circular on Friday stating that staff working at Kempegowda International Airport KIAL, Mangaluru International Airport, and airports at Belagavi, Hubbali-Dharwad, Kalaburagi, Mysuru, and Bidar “are permitted for Covid-19 vaccine on a priority basis.”
The change occurred shortly after Hari K Marar, Managing Director & Chief Executive Officer of Bangalore International Airport Limited, spoke to the Health Department on January 20, requesting officials to prescribe the vaccine to those employed at airports.
The Commissioner had also directed the respective district health in response to the appeal and family welfare officers to “make necessary arrangements in this regard and to ensure staff members at airports receive the Covid-19 vaccine as per the existing protocol.”
Clarification Regarding Front Line Workers:
The clarification sent had some valid points too. It read, “At airports in Karnataka, only the staff which is covered as a healthcare worker or front line worker as defined in the Government of India instructions will be included in the list for Covid-19 vaccination.”
If we talk about the stats, till date, more than 1.84 lakh healthcare workers have been inoculated in the state. This is after the vaccination drive started on January 16. The Department of Health and Family Welfare Services also has released data and stats. According to that, 56 percent of the total list of beneficiaries have been provided with vaccine shots.
Meanwhile, Health Minister K Sudhakar said, “While some have reported side effects, there has been no casualty”. By listening to his statement, people are feeling a little relaxed. The drive is working at its pace as per the plan and the government is checking and analyzing every issue being created.