Chennai, June 17(BPNS)
People of Chennai and its suburbs are putting off their travel plans and not taking job offers following the delay in uploading vaccine certificates. Vaccine proof is mandatory for traveling to several foreign destinations and with pleasure trips abroad ruled out, those planning to travel abroad are certainly job seekers or those already in jobs in these foreign nations.
Vaccination certificate is mandatory for working in private companies in Tamil Nadu as well as opening shops in Chennai and suburbs. However many people who have been vaccinated as long as last month is yet to receive the SMS or a certificate in their registered mobile phones.
Raghunandan, an employee of a private firm while speaking to BPNS said, “I was vaccinated on May 20th and even after a month, there is no SMS message or an update in the Cowin portal and this is creating problems for my job. My employer is insisting on either of the two. He said that the helpline provided is as good as non-operational.”
Those in the Koyambedu market is also worried as the Market Management committee has brought out a circular that those who provide proof of vaccination certificate will be allowed entry into the market.
Subramanian, a Tomato and Onion wholesale merchant in Koyambedu market while speaking to BPNS said, “ I have taken both the jabs and the second one was taken on May 16. One month is over and there is no proof, I don’t have any idea as to what I will be doing. The Market Management Committee is adamant.”
Social workers are of the opinion that the government must take immediate corrective measures so that the details are updated as early as possible.
Maya Suresh, an NGO activist working with the organization, Shelter while speaking to BPNS said,” People have taken jab by standing in long queues and spending lot of time and after even the initial reluctance to get vaccinated. So in the best of interests of all, the government of Tamil Nadu should take this up with the concerned authorities so that everyone gets the certificate uploaded.”
Several youngsters from Tamil Nadu who are seeking jobs in the Middle East, Europe,US and Singapore are being pulled back due to the lack of vaccination certificates.
Manoj Narasimhan who is an MBA and is working in a foreign nation is worried that he may not be able to go back to that country unless he has an update of the vaccination details. While speaking to BPNS, Manoj said,” I have taken both the vaccines and have yet to receive the vaccination certificate. I had already booked a ticket for my travel but now I have canceled it as there is no point traveling as they will not allow entry.”
With the delay in uploading vaccination certificates affecting people in large numbers, it is high time the Government intervenes and clears the delay in uploading the details of vaccination.