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COVID-19 vaccination: Yash Raj Films to sponsor jabs for 30,000 registered workers in Bollywood

The Federation of Western India Cine Employees has sought COVID-19 vaccines for artists, workers and technicians of the industry.

May 04, 2021 / 12:35 PM IST
The Federation of Western India Cine Employees has sought COVID-19 vaccines for artists, workers and technicians of the industry. | Representative image. Source: Reuters

The Federation of Western India Cine Employees has sought COVID-19 vaccines for artists, workers and technicians of the industry. | Representative image. Source: Reuters


As the second wave of COVID-19 continues to wreak havoc in India, Yash Raj Films has announced that it will bear the cost of vaccinating around 30,000 registered members of the film industry.

In a letter to the Federation of Western India Cine Employees (FWICE), the Yash Chopra Foundation said it has written to Maharashtra Chief Minister Uddhav Thackeray to allow them to procure 60,000 doses of COVID-19 vaccines.

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Akshaye Widhani, Senior Vice President of YRF, said, "The Yash Chopra Foundation will bear all other costs too associated with vaccinating the workers such as raising awareness, transportation of workers & setting up all the required infrastructure for the immunisation program. We hope our kind request is approved which will enable our members to be safe and also get them back to work at the earliest."

With the film industry going through an unprecedented time, there is an urgent need to restart at the earliest so that thousands of workers can start earning their livelihood again and protect their families, the letter added.

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The Federation of Western India Cine Employees has sought COVID-19 vaccines for artists, workers and technicians of the industry.

"Vaccination is very important not only to fight the disease but also to fight against the dropping economy of the state," FWICE said in a letter to Thackeray.

Meanwhile, the shootings of films and TV shows have been prohibited in Maharashtra due to a surge in coronavirus cases. Many actors and crew members have also contracted COVID-19 during the second wave.

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