New Delhi: The Editors Guild of India has urged the Government of India (GoI) to declare journalists as frontline workers and ensure priority vaccination for them amid a rise in coronavirus cases.
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In a statement, the Guild said news organisations have been relentlessly covering the pandemic, elections, and other current affairs in an effort to ensure that the flow of news and information to readers continues unabated.
“News media is included in essential services. Therefore, it will only be fair that journalists be given this cover of protection, especially in the face of the number of infected rising to astronomical levels,” the statement said.
The Editors Guild of India (EGI) urges the GoI to declare journalists as frontline workers and they be allowed priority vaccination against coronavirus, along with other frontline workers, it said.
Without the protection of vaccination, media persons are finding it very difficult to discharge their professional responsibilities, the Guild pointed out.
The EGI said therefore, it calls upon the GoI to immediately get all journalists, regardless of age, vaccinated so that there is no disruption in their work during this critical time.
Earlier, Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal urged the GoI to relax the COVID vaccination age criteria. The Aam Aadmi Party chief had urged to provide vaccination but this time for the journalists.