KOLKATA: The pandemic has prevented the LGBTQIA community from taking out Pride March, an event to assert their rights, for two years now. On Saturday, many from the community turned up to take the jab at the ‘vaccinated with pride’ campaign organised this pride month.
“The pandemic has hit the community hardest in terms of livelihood. In such scenario, how many will even think approaching a vaccination centre if it was not for a camp like this?” said make-up artist Dipankar Chanda, a leading organiser of Pride March, who took the first dose on Saturday.
Organisations like Calcutta Foundation and Ek Packet Umeed extended hands to sponsor the vaccine for the community.
“This vulnerable minority group is largely left out. We are happy that we could do something for them,” said Ayush Sarda, founder of Ek Packet Umeed. This was second special camp aimed at reaching out to the community members with the vaccine. More such camps would come up later-.“We hope such vaccine inclusive programmes will encourage more community members to take the jab,” said Bappaditya Mukherjee of Prantakatha.