AURANGABAD: The district disaster management authority (DDMA) for Aurangabad has decided to aggressively assist the endeavour to push up vaccination coverage in the district by making it mandatory for visitors to tourist places, like the Ajanta-Ellora caves, to have taken at least one vaccine dose.
Similarly, the DDMA has also declared that driving licences would not be issued to unvaccinated people. Earlier, it had made Covid vaccination mandatory for government employees, failing which their salaries for November would be withheld.
“Aurangabad district has slipped to 26th position in the state in vaccination. It has achieved only 55% vaccination (involving the first dose) as against the state average of 74%,” said Aurangabad district collector Sunil Chavan, who heads the DDMA. In an order issued on Tuesday, the DDMA said Bibi-ka-Maqbara, Aurangabad Caves, Daulatabad Fort and Pitalkhora Caves were also among the tourist hotspots where the ‘no-vaccine-no-entry’directive would be applied.

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