Five city schools across boards have been chosen by the state school education department for zone-wise vaccination of teachers and non-teaching staff from Wednesday. These vaccinations will be given by KMC free of cost at the designated schools. On Monday, KMC also started a free vaccination camp inside St Xavier’s College and another free drive kicked off at the Bhawanipur Education Society College campus in partnership with Kolkata Police and SSKM.
The five schools that have been chosen are Purvanchal Vidyamandir, St Augustine’s Day School, Kolkata, DPS Ruby Park, Rammohun Mission and MP Birla Foundation. Each school has been assigned a zone and teachers of schools in that zone will have to reach the venue to get the jab. Purvanchal will deal with the schools in the north of the city; St Augustine’s will be the venue for schools in central Kolkata. Schools are registering via a common portal that is being monitored by the school education department.
“We are providing the venue and the logistical support. The rest is being taken care by KMC and the school education department,” said St Augustine’s principal Richard Gasper. All the schools have been asked to arrange for an AC oxygen-supported ambulance with doctors on the campus.
“We have been told to expect at least 500 teachers and support staff every day. As of now, the drive has been scheduled for three days,” said a senior member of the DPS-Ruby Park administration. “We are happy to be of help to the state at a time when the schools are shut,” said Krishna Damani, spokesperson for MP Birla Foundation.
Speaking about Monday’s initiative, Father Dominic Savio, principal of St Xaver’s College said: “We are providing the venue and computers while the inoculation is being done by the KMC.” “Around 300 recipients took the jab,” said Miraj D Shah, vice-chairman of Bhawanipur Education Society.
Source: Times of India