Nearly 70,000 frontline railway staff vaccinated, 3.2 lakh waiting for jab

Published on Mar 10, 2021 07:32 PM IST

The national carrier lost 592 railway employees due to Covid-19 while 32,641 railway employees in total were affected.

A medical worker fills the syringe with the Covid-19 vaccine to inoculate it to elderly people during the second phase of the Covid-19 vaccination at a hospital in New Delhi on Friday.(ANI Photo)
A medical worker fills the syringe with the Covid-19 vaccine to inoculate it to elderly people during the second phase of the Covid-19 vaccination at a hospital in New Delhi on Friday.(ANI Photo)

The ministry of railways on Wednesday informed Parliament that the vaccination of employees of Indian Railways’ against Covid-19 is being done in a phased manner adding that it has vaccinated nearly 70,000 of its staff in the first phase.

The ministry indicated that more than 3.2 lakh frontline railway employees have been identified for vaccination in the next phase.

So far in its first phase railways have begun the vaccination of railway healthcare workers and Railway Protection Force (RPF) staff.

“Vaccination of Railway employees is being done in a phased manner. In the first phase Railway health care and Railway Protection Force (RPF) staff are being vaccinated. Till now, 18,964 Railway healthcare staff and 48,994 RPF staff have been vaccinated. 3,22,322 front line, Railway employees have been identified for vaccination in the next phase,” Union railway minister Piyush Goyal said in a written reply in Lok Sabha on Wednesday.

Railways have been operating its freight trains and special trains since March last year when the government had announced a nationwide lockdown to curb the spread of the Coronavirus disease.

The national carrier lost 592 railway employees due to Covid-19 while 32,641 railway employees in total were affected.

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