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Kolkata Residents’ forums organise jab drives for domestic helps, families

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Residents’ associations across the city are including their domestic helps, security guards and other support staff in the vaccination drives and even bearing the expenses of vaccinating them.

In most residential complexes and gated communities, the maids and their immediate family members are being included in the vaccination drives.

Residents’ Welfare Associations say that many support staff, who were reluctant to get vaccinated earlier, willingly participated this time when they found that their employers queued up with them and others, who already took the vaccine, have had no adverse effects on health.
Asha Cooperative Housing Society on Deshpran Sasmal Road, with 236 apartments, is organising a two-day vaccination camp on June 14 and 15 in collaboration with AMRI Hospitals.

“More than 300 people will be vaccinated. Along with the residents, domestic helps, support staff and drivers will be vaccinated too. The society will bear the expenses of their vaccination,” said Vijay Kapoor, a senior member of the society.

There have always been some people who are reluctant to take vaccines and their concerns stem from personal safety, lack of knowledge about the vaccine and its efficacy. There are socio-economical reasons too. Those, who are the only earning members of their families, feel what will happen if they fall ill.

In New Town, several thousand residents and their support staff have been vaccinated in the past one month.

“There were a few people in some areas, who showed reluctance in getting vaccinated initially. We counselled them and told them why they should get inoculated not only for their own safety but also for the safety of their families and employers,” said Samaresh Das, chairman of New Town Forum and News, an NGO in New Town.

In some households, the owners had to adopt a strict stance when their domestic workers refused to get vaccinated.

“I told my maid that getting vaccinated was non-negotiable. We also offered to pay not only for her vaccination but for her entire family. It took us a few days to convince her but she came around,” said Debolina Roy, a resident of Swastik Apartments in Dum Dum Park.

Source: Times of India

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