Hindustan Times (Lucknow)

Vaccine Gurugram’s demand camp propels for more centres across country

- Naina Arora naina.arora@htdigital.in PHOTO: SHUTTERSTO­CK

From singing to dancing, the Covid-19 vaccinatio­n camp set up for sex workers and transgende­rs in Gurugram has it all. Those turning up here are unable to curtail their happiness for being brought into focus. On Internatio­nal Sex Workers’ Day today, we speak about this initiative to sex workers, who feel this is everything they could have asked for!

“Maine bahut try kiya, par slot book nahi ho pa raha tha,” says Suman Gupta, a sex worker from Gurugram, adding, “We are the ones who come in contact with people the most. Gurugram ke swasthya vibhag ne humare baare mein socha, hume acha laga. Jaise Gurugram mein hua hai, vaise pure desh mein hona chahiye.” Naira Tanwar, a transgende­r and a sex worker says, “Har koi transgende­r ki respect nahi karta,” adding that she too, was facing difficulti­es in getting a slot. “Wahan I felt ki hum bhi aapke jaise hain.”

Dr Virender Yadav, chief medical officer, district administra­tion of Gurugram, says, “They were deprived. Some even booked slots and still didn’t get the vaccine. I thought inhi ki locality mein we should make some arrangemen­t.”

“This is the respect we need,” says a trans woman Kiran Sakhi, adding, “This made me happy from the bottom of my heart. And it took hardly two to five minutes. We enjoyed the whole experience, and even danced to express our joy!”

 ??  ?? Sex workers and transgende­rs danced with joy at the centre
Sex workers and transgende­rs danced with joy at the centre
 ??  ?? (From top) Kiran Sakhi and Naira Tanwar
(From top) Kiran Sakhi and Naira Tanwar

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