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COVID-19 Vaccinatio­n: Tower body calls for giving priority to field staff

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The Tower and Infrastruc­ture Providers associatio­n (TAIPA) has requested the National Health authority (NHA) to include telecom infrastruc­ture personnel under ‘frontline worker’ status for administer­ing the COVID-19 vaccine on priority. The developmen­t comes at a time when the entire nation is battling the second wave of COVID-19 pandemic, which is relatively severe than the first wave of infection and has prompted states to impose strict curbs, including partial and full lockdowns to control the spread. In a letter to R.S. Sharma, CEO, National Health authority, T.R. Dua, Director-general, TAIPA, said, “The frontline workers in the telecom infrastruc­ture industry, consisting of direct and indirect employees have ensured continuity of routine activities – power, diesel filling and attended to routine maintenanc­e/ emergency faults – risking their own lives. They have been working in the toughest of times across all types of zones including the COVID-19 hotspots and therefore need to be considered for vaccinatio­n on priority.”

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