TVM nurse Priya to be honoured for giving 1.33 lakh Covid jabs in 13 months


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TR Priya

Thiruvananthapuram: TR Priya, Grade I nursing officer of General Hospital in Thiruvananthapuram, has administered more than 1.33 lakh COVID jabs in 13 months. Her exemplary record has made her eligible for a national award as she has been selected as one of the best `woman vaccinators' in the country. On March 8 International Women's Day, she will be receiving the award from Union minister Mansukh Mandaviya at an event in New Delhi.

Notably, the award has been constituted by the Ministry of Health and Family Welfare as part of the National COVID-19 Vaccination Programme.

Since Covid-19 vaccination distribution started in Kerala on 19 January 2021, Priya is on vaccination duty. By now, she has administered 1,33,161 doses in 488 sessions. In a day, she administers from 100 to 1,000 jabs depending upon the rush. Her duty also involves the observation of inoculated individuals in the centre. When General Hospital was converted to a Covid-19 treatment centre, she served at St. Joseph School which was the vaccination centre.

“Since the vaccination campaign began, I met with so many people. When those who did not get the vaccine cursed me, some vaccinated people blessed me. I was disappointed when some mistook officials here as people who intentionally block their vaccines. The support of my co-workers was commendable,” said Priya.

Interestingly, she has not contracted the Covid-19 virus yet. She joined General Hospital through a DMO appointment in 2006 and got the PSC appointment by 2008. She lives in Malayinkeezh with her husband and daughter.

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