Authorities step up efforts to vaccinate staff and traders against Covid in Delhi markets

Amid a spike in the number of COVID-19 cases, authorities in Delhi have stepped up efforts to ensure 100% vaccination of staff and traders in markets in the nation’s capital. In several districts, market associations have been asked to ensure that traders and other staff have received both doses of a Covid vaccine and to submit certificates of it to the administration offices of the district. respective district.

Two markets in the city – Sarojini Nagar and Janpath Market – have already been declared fully vaccinated markets by the district administration. “Vaccination is the only thing that can save people from Covid. It is therefore crucial that everyone in a market, who has the potential to become a super spreader, is fully vaccinated. Instructions have been given to market associations to ensure the same and submit supporting documents to us at the earliest,” a South East district official told PTI.

Major markets where associations were asked to provide details of vaccination status and ensure 100% vaccination of employees include Lajpat Nagar Market, Bengali Market, Kamla Nagar Market, Krishna Nagar Market and Rajouri Garden market. Traders and vendors at Lajpat Nagar market have been asked by the administration to present the vaccination certificates of traders and staff.

As instructed, the Lajpat Nagar Traders Association (TALN) has asked traders to have their staff vaccinated and submit supporting documents by Monday. TALN General Secretary Ashwani Marwah said he had several meetings with the district administration to work out a practical implementation program to ensure compliance with DDMA guidelines on weekend curfew, the odd opening of stores and the vaccination of staff.

“The district administration has asked us to ensure that all staff and shopkeepers are double vaccinated. We have asked all our members to provide supporting documentation in the form of vaccination certificates for all employees. We would collect the documents and submit them to the District (South East) Magistrate early next week,” Marwah told PTI. Lajpat Nagar Market is one of the most popular shopping destinations for Delhiites. The market has nearly 800 stores with 4,500 to 5,000 employees. .

Marwah said posters have been put up at store entrances stating that store owners and employees are double-vaccinated. “We plan to put up billboards and banners, listing all guidelines for customers, visitors and store owners and informing them of all protocols, including vaccination,” he added.

Marwah said the association also disseminates information related to testing centers and vaccination centers. Announcements will be made asking people to get vaccinated against the viral illness, use face masks, maintain social distancing and continue washing their hands at frequent intervals, he said.

Similar instructions have also been given to traders in the Bengali market in the New Delhi district. The popular market, located near Connaught Place in Lutyens Delhi, has more than 30 shops and around 200 people work there.

Bengali Market Association Secretary General Pramod Gupta said the district administration had asked them to provide details of the vaccination status of all market employees. “They asked us to ensure that all staff and traders are double vaccinated. We completed the process and submitted the supporting documents to the district magistrate’s office a few days ago,” Gupta said.

He said all precautions were being taken and guidelines issued by Delhi Disaster Management Authority (DDMA) regarding COVID-19 were being followed in letter and spirit in the market.

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