Shillong, Jun 22: The East Khasi Hills, Deputy Commissioner, Isawanda Laloo has notified that all shops prior to opening will place a prominent sign/poster indicating vaccination status of all proprietors, shopkeepers and staff at the shop premises.
“This applies to all commercial establishments which entertain members of the public on a regular basis, since they are more vulnerable and at risk, and are also exposed to large numbers of people. This will instill confidence in the general public and also help the public make their own choices,” the Deputy Commissioner stated.
Similarly, Laloo said that drivers of commercial vehicles including local taxis, auto-rickshaws, maxi-cabs and buses will similarly display vaccination status of the drivers clearly on the vehicle windshield and that this will take effect as soon as movement of public transport is permitted by this office.
According to the Deputy Commissioner those carrying out such livelihood or trade activities as indicated above are required to complete vaccination at the earliest for their own protection, for the safety of their families and in the interest of public health as a whole.
She also stated that random testing as a community surveillance strategy for managing the pandemic will continue to be undertaken particularly in areas largely frequented by the public.
“Frequent random testing is required to establish extent of spread of the virus, determine whether containment measures need to be strengthened! relaxed, and to enable effective surveillance of the population,” Laloo said.
The Deputy Commissioner further said that as per directive of the Health and Family Welfare Department business establishments that choose not to get vaccinated should get themselves tested once in every ten days so as to exercise social responsibility and contribute to the safety of the society by ensuring this safety measure.
“Incident Commanders, BDOs, Medical Officers and CCMTs will undertake measures to address doubts or hesitancy issues for this target group through counseling and awareness for hesitant persons so that they understand the benefits of the vaccination and do not delay in availing the same,” Laloo added.