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50 from LGBT community receive their first shot

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Members of the LGBT community got the vaccination shot for the first time in the city on Sunday, registering themselves as the “other gender”. Fifty members of the community, including 27 from the transgender community, got their first shot in a special camp organised by Prantakatha and Techno India DAMA Hospital, two days ahead of the Pride Month.
Bappaditya Mukherjee of Prantakatha said there is also a vaccine hesitancy among the trans community that, he feels, is obvious when many don’t even avail of basic healthcare facilities for the kind of harassment they face.
“The pandemic has the community even more marginalized. From being forced to stay with homophobics, transphobic families, leading to abuse, depression, job loss and no access to Covid vaccines have made their lives even more pathetic,” said Mukherjee, who himself was among the 50 who took the jab on Sunday.“We need more such community-friendly special camps where recipients are not subjected to bully and harassment by the society. This will encourage more people from the community to get themselves vaccinated,” said a transgender activist, Ranjita Sinha.

Source: Times of India

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