Telangana government to vaccinate over 5 to 8 lakh migrant | Sidnaz Blog

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HYDERABAD: The state government is planning to vaccinate over five to eight lakh migrant workers in the state for Covid-19. The labour department said it will soon launch an exclusive portal for the purpose.
Sources said that migrant workers from the unorganised sector could not avail the vaccine due to lack of employers’ guidance and shortage of vaccines. Soon after the second Covid-19 wave, officials found that over 40% migrants have gone back to their hometowns for vaccination.
“Migrants in the city and those working in other districts can register on the new portal that will be launched in a few days, to get the vaccine dose. Officials from the labour department and employers of the units concerned will assist them during the registration,” E Gangadhar, joint commissioner, Telangana labour department, told TOI.
The migrant workers must furnish their names, name of the state and Aadhaar details on the portal. “The data will help us implement various state and central government schemes for workers and link them to Telangana State Social Security Board for Unorganised Workers (TSSSBUW),” said Gangadhar, who is also an administrative officer at TSSSBUW.
Migrant workers who have already taken the first dose of the vaccine in their hometowns can register for the second dose on the portal. “The vaccine will most likely be free of cost,” said Gangadhar.
The data of vaccination will be linked to the health department to chalk out a drive to administer doses at private hospitals or state-run healthcare centres in the state. The labour department official said that a meeting of TSSSBUW will be convened soon where the measures for enrolment of migrant workers for vaccination would be discussed.


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