Urges people to get vaccinated
Kohima, March 3: With Nagaland reporting poor response to the Covid vaccine, Chief Minister Neiphiu Rio on Wednesday rolled up his sleeve and got a shot of Covishield at the Naga Hospital Authority Kohima (NHAK) here to dispel any fears.
Deputy Chief Minister Y Patton, Advisor Pukhayi, Advisor KT Sukhalu and Advisor Dr Longriniken also received the Covid vaccine at Kohima, while Health Minister S Pangnyu Phom, Minister Kashiho Sangtam and Advisor Neikiesalie Kire got inoculated at District Hospital Dimapur. Kaisa Rio, wife of the Chief Minister, also took the vaccine at NHAK.
“I am feeling normal”, Rio told the media after taking the first dose.
The CM called upon the people not to be complacent because of less COVID-19 positivity rate in the State but to come forward and avail the COVID-19 vaccine.
“We are proud that our country also could make our own vaccine against the virus and inoculate the healthcare providers and front line workers in the first phase and now it is the turn of senior citizens and those above 45 years of age with comorbidities so it is an opportunity for all us to take the vaccine,” he said.
“Everybody should go to the nearest facility available and take the vaccine,” he appealed while also asking those who took the first dose not to miss the second after the 28th day.
“Those yet to take must come forward and take the vaccine in Government or private facilities,” he said.
The CM also expressed hope that with the COVID-19 vaccine, the country will be healthier and richer.
On the reported hesitancy of people coming forward for the vaccination resulting in administration of little over 37,000 doses of Covidshield being administered to 31,391 persons till Tuesday since January 16, Rio was of the opinion that it could be because of the less positivity rate of the suspected samples tested.
“People may be taking it casually but we should not be taking anything for granted but come forward and avail the facility”, added Rio.
After taking the first dose in Dimapur, Health Minister S Pangnyu Phom also asked people to come forward for the Covid-19 vaccination. Others also shared similar messages and urged people not believe in the rumours.
While stating that there is a negative perception of the vaccine among the Nagas, Kire said one should understand that if the vaccines were not good, they would not have been rolled out for all the people.
Sangtam maintained that there is nothing wrong with the vaccines and everyone should be vaccinated.
Convenor of Forum for Naga Reconciliation (FNR), Rev. Dr. Wati Aier, who also received his first dose along with the legislators, maintained that vaccination is necessary to contain the virus. He asked people not to listen to the myths and conspiracies that have been going viral but have faith in God as well as exercise one’s reasoning abilities.
(Page News Service)