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News Entry# 433585
Jan 16 (19:59) TMC MLAs, minister take vaccine in Bengal, trigger controversy Watch: (

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Some TMC leaders were among those who got the jab on the first day of the vaccination drive meant for health workers
Amidst some minor glitches and controversy, the COVID-19 vaccination drive by and large went on smoothly across 207 centres in West Bengal with about 8,000 people getting vaccinated on Saturday (January 16), the first day of the programme.
Some TMC leaders were among those who got the jab on the first day meant for health workers, triggering a controversy. In East Burdwan district, TMC legislators Rabindranath Chatterjee from Katwa and Subhash Mondal
from Bhatar were among those inoculated on the first day of the immunisation drive.
Another TMC MLA Sourav Chakraborty’s name was also there in the list of recipients. But the Alipurduar MLA did not take the jab following controversy about inclusion of his name along with COVID warriors for vaccination.
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West Bengal’s Minister of State for Labour Nirmal Maji also received the Covishield vaccine at the Kolkata Medical College and Hospital. Maji is a doctor by profession.
Health department officials, however, defended administering vaccines to the legislators along with health workers saying MLAs got the dose for being members of patient welfare committees (PWCs).
“Names of those involved with the PWCs were also sent for vaccination in the first phase. Katwa MLA Chatterjee is also member of the local PWC and, hence, his name was enlisted. There is nothing wrong in this. He was actively involved with the welfare activities of the hospital during pandemic,”  medical superintendent of Katwa sub-divisional hospital Nabarun Gupta said.
Chatterjee said he took the vaccine as his name was in the list.
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Chief Medical Officer of Health East Burdwan Pranab Roy also echoed Gupta’s view saying public representatives associated with the PWCs could also get priority in vaccination.
“During the COVID-19 pandemic, as chairman of the PWC of Alipurduar district hospital, I was in the forefront in the battle against the virus. So district authorities included my name for the vaccination. I am honoured by their recognition of my service. But I will not take the vaccine now. I will get vaccinated with common people in later phase,” said Chakraborty.
The BJP, however, did not miss the opportunity to take pot shots at the TMC saying the ruling party leaders were racing to get vaccines meant for COVID warriors.

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