Chandigarh, April 15
Even as getting vaccinated is voluntary, UT Adviser Manoj Parida today asked the resident welfare associations (RWAs) to name and shame those not taking the jab.
“The RWAs should help the Administration by persuading eligible residents to take the Covid vaccine. Defaulters should be named and shamed. In other states, people are waiting in long queue to get it, while our facilities are underutilised,” he was quoted in a Twitter post of the Administration.
When contacted, Parida said, “The RWA should do it. We cannot name and shame because officially vaccine is optional.”
However, RWAs are not impressed with the Adviser’s statement.
FOSWAC chairman Baljinder Singh Bittu said, “It is not required. People should be made aware rather than being shamed. The Administration should do governance, not dictatorship. People can be made aware through RWAs.”
Vinod Vashisht, convener, City Forum of Residents’ Welfare Organisations, said, “The Administration should first name and shame its health workers or frontline workers who have not got themselves vaccinated. Residents should be named and praised, and not shamed. They should instead be encouraged for vaccination.”
Meanwhile, the Adviser said, “Any group, association or society can approach the Administration with a list of 100 eligible persons for vaccination. The Administration will arrange a special camp near their place. Also, our ambulance will pick up old, disabled eligible persons for vaccination, if they register with us.” —TNS
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