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Nagaland Health Dept. vouches for efficacy of COVID vaccine

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‘99.7% of deaths in State were not fully vaccinated’

DIMAPUR, JUNE 19: As Nagaland aims to vaccinate at least 90% of eligible beneficiaries before relaxing the curbs imposed to prevent spread of COVID-19, the State Health & Family Welfare Department has vouched for the effectiveness of COVID vaccine against not only severe cases and deaths but also reduce transmission of the virus.

Nagaland has so far vaccinated an approximate 32% of eligible beneficiaries with the first dose. 63,586 doses were administered in the past week (June 12-18), which is the highest dose administered in a single week.
“Even though breakthrough infections are happening (positivity after 2 weeks of second dose), the vaccine is very effective against severe cases and deaths as demonstrated by clinical trials and in real time”, it claimed.
Giving data, State Health Department said out of 375 COVID-19 deaths in the State from February 2021, only 1 had been fully vaccinated and 2 weeks had passed after the second dose. There was another death after 2 doses but death happened before 2 weeks of vaccination.
99.7% of deaths after February 2021 have not been fully vaccinated, it revealed.
The Department highlighted that no active healthcare worker in COVID-19 hospitals have succumbed to the virus despite them being at the highest risk of exposure as most healthcare workers have been fully vaccinated.
Citing another example, the Department said in 2020 armed forces and security personnel constituted about 39% of all confirmed cases. Armed forces and security personnel were the first to be vaccinated in huge numbers. In 2021, security personnel constitute only 5% of confirmed cases ~ an indicator that COVID-19 vaccines not only prevent severe diseases but also reduce transmission as proven earlier in clinical trials, it said.
‘Sample positivity rate drops below 10%’
Meanwhile Nagaland is reporting decrease in COVID-19 cases for the 4th consecutive week and deaths for the 3rd week with marked decline in number of cases from the two most affected districts – Dimapur and Kohima.
This week (June 12-18), 631 new COVID cases were reported and 22 deaths, which is much lower than last week’s (June 5-11) tally of 1079 cases and 29 deaths. This is a 38% decline in cases from last week. Only Peren has showed an increase in cases from last week.
According to the weekly COVID-19 bulletin issued by the State Health & Family Welfare Department, for the first time in 8 weeks, sample positivity rate in Nagaland has gone below 10%. It has decreased from 23% at the start of the lockdown to 8% as of this week.

Only Kohima (12%), Kiphire (10%) and Mokokchung (22%) have a weekly positivity rate at 10% or more.
Despite the numbers showing better days ahead, Health Department cautioned against complacency. “COVID-19 will come in waves as and when there is lax of human behaviour. Mask wearing, physical distancing, avoiding crowds and taking maximum care in closed spaces should be strictly continued. Utmost care has to be taken until at least 90% of eligible beneficiaries receive the vaccine considering the fact that children cannot be vaccinated as of now”, it cautioned. (Page News Service)