Kohima, March 1: Nagaland today started COVID-19 vaccination phase to cover senior citizens and people above 45 years of age with comorbidities.
Being the launching day, the vaccine was administered in the district hospitals of Dimapur, Kiphire, Longleng, Mokokchung, Mon, Phek, Tuensang and Zunheboto, besides Naga Hospital Authority in Kohima, Urban Primary Health Centre in Wokha and Jalukie Community Health Centre in Peren district, said State Immunization Officer, Dr Ritu Thurr.
The vaccine is being administered free of cost, he said. Vaccination of age-appropriate high-risk groups will be scaled up across the State from March 7, he said.
Altogether 180 senior citizens in the 60 years and above category and 13 above 45 years with associated comorbidity were vaccinated across the State.
The oldest beneficiary was an 89 year old man from Longleng district, he said.
Further, Dr Thurr said that the total doses administered in the State now stand at 35,789 including 19,779 frontline workers and 10,238 healthcare professionals.
Among the healthcare professionals, 5,579 have received the second shots of COVID-19 vaccine completing the full course of vaccination and have received the vaccination certificate, said State Immunization Officer, Dr Ritu Thurr.
No adverse events needing medical intervention have been reported after the beneficiaries received the vaccine, including the vaccination of age-appropriate high-risk groups, he said. (Page News Service)