Karnataka to vaccinate all college students, teachers by July end

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Bengaluru: Karnataka to vaccinate all college students, teachers by July end.  Karnataka Deputy Chief Minister C.N. Ashwath Narayan on Wednesday announced a new vaccination drive ‘Marali Collegiate (Back to College)’ that proposes to administer anti-Covid jabs to all college-going students before the end of July.

Karnataka to vaccinate all college students, teachers by July end. On the sidelines of the launch of 2,500 smart classrooms and free distribution of tablet PCs to 1.55 lakh college students across the state, Narayan who is also chairman of the state Covid-19 Task Force, told reporters that the primary concern had always been providing safe environment to students and their parents to resume functioning of colleges in the state.

“Hence, we have come up with a plan after much deliberations with academic as well as health experts that ongoing vaccination drive will have to be accelerated, focussing on vaccinating teaching, as well as all staff who work in educational institutions besides every student, must be inoculated before the second or third week of July, so that we can give a go-ahead signal to institutions to resume their operations soon,” said the Deputy Chief Minister who holds higher education portfolio.

He said that the state government will soon launch the ‘Marali Collegiate (Back to College)’ to speed up the ongoing vaccination drive.

The Deputy Chief Minister said that the 13-member expert committee headed by noted cardiac surgeon, Dr Devi Prasad Shetty too, has recommended that staggered re-opening of institutions and strongly recommended speeding up the ongoing vaccination drive focussing on students, teachers and allied staff members of every educational institution.

He said that vaccination for all those aged over 18 in the state is already underway on a priority basis.

–IANS
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