Karnataka: DC dons doctor’s hat as second phase of Covid-19 vaccination drive kicks off in Dakshina Kannada | Mangaluru News – Times of India

MANGALURU: Dakshina Kannada deputy commissioner Dr KV Rajendra on Monday donned his stethoscope offering his assistance as a medical professional as the second phase of the Covid-19 vaccination drive kicked off in the district.
Frontline workers across the government departments will be vaccinated in the second phase of the drive and the DC was seen checking the blood pressure of cops who trooped in to take the jab.
Prior to cracking the Union Public Service Commission (UPSC) examination, Rajendra graduated with an MBBS degree, and on Monday, in addition to assisting the healthcare personnel with his professional services, the DC was the first to take the jab as the second phase of the drive kicked off.
He was followed by Mangaluru city police commissioner N Shashi Kumar.
It was the DC who checked the blood pressure of Kumar, deputy commissioner of police (law and order) Hariram Shankar and DCP (crime and traffic) Vinay A Gaonkar.
Probationary IAS officer Mona Roat too was in the first batch of the government personnel to take the jab in the district.
As many as 8,546 Covid-19 frontline workers across Dakshina Kannada have been identified to take the vaccine in the next three days.
The health department has planned to cover 6,054 beneficiaries, including healthcare workers from the phase 1 and 2,750 government employees from the phase 2 on Monday, said Dakshina Kannada district health and family welfare officer Dr Ramachandra Bairy.
Dr Bairy said that the drive was being conducted at 41 places.
In addition to cops, personnel from revenue, rural development and panchayat raj departments and those in urban local bodies will be administered the vaccine.
In the event of a government employee missing the jab in these three days, we have arranged for them to get vaccinated on Thursday.
We will add more vaccination sites over the next few days to ensure most government personnel receive the vaccine, he said.
The Government Wenlock District Hospital houses four session sites, and similar arrangements have been made at select community health centres and public health centres in the villages.

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