MANGALURU: Karnataka’s Dakshina Kannada district administration will soon start a special vaccination drive exclusively for staff working in Muzrai temples.
“Even temple staff are vulnerable to coronavirus infection since they mingle with devotees from various places. We will consider those temple staff, including archaks and other employees, as frontline workers and commence vaccination drive for them soon,” deputy commissioner KV Rajendra said.
“We have nearly 500 Muzrai temples under A, B and C categories in the district. We expect to vaccinate more than 1,000 temple staff in the district. Each of the 500 temples have one archak and a supporting staff to conduct daily rituals,” he added.
Rajendra said temples with A and B categories will also have other employees working under the department. There is no need for online registration for the temple staff to get vaccines. They can walk-in to any one of the nearest vaccine centres directly with details of their employment.
Nearly 250 staff from the department are working in Kukke Sri Subrahmanya temple alone, he said.
“If all the temple staff are protected from the virus threat, it will also help in checking the spread of the infection. We also have plans to conduct one round of RT-PCR test for all the temple staff in the district,” he added.