SJTA urges govt for COVID-19 vaccination of sevayats, family members

Puri: The Shree Jagannath Temple Administration (SJTA) has urged the Odisha government for COVID-19 vaccination all the sevayats (servitors) and their family members soon.

The SJTA has requested Additional Chief Secretary (ACS) of Odisha Health and Family Welfare (H&FW) Department, in this regard.

He said it should be done immediately as the sevayats are exposed to the devotees entering the shrine for darshan without coronavirus negative report.

The temple administrator said as a large number of devotees are now expected to enter the temple for darshan the sevayats will obviously come in direct contact with the devotees.

He said the apprehension of contacting the dreaded coronavirus could not be ruled out at this stage. The Temple administrator has  proposed that all the 500 SJTA employees should also be vaccinated along with the temple servitors and their family members.

The Chhatisha Nijog has unanimously decided to submit such a proposal before the government.

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