KOHIMA, MAY 17: Minister for Health & Family Welfare (HFW) S Pangnyu Phom today launched the free COVID-19 vaccination drive for people in the age group of 18-44 years, in addition to the ongoing two phases of vaccination drives for frontline workers and people above 45 years of age.
Launching the drive at the Directorate of Health % Family Welfare in Kohima, Phom said the State has received 36,580 doses of the Covishield vaccine, on payment of more than Rs 1.15 crore, as allocated by the Ministry of HFW.
“We have placed more orders but the State does not have any control on the supply or the production of vaccines,” he said.
COVID-19 Vaccination Centres (CVC) for the 18-44 age group have been placed strategically as per risk assessment with focus on urban areas, he said.
All districts have been allocated the vaccines as per population and risk of infection, he said.
Booking for next week will be announced soon and all beneficiaries have to be compulsorily registered in CoWIN portal, he said.
Also “reminding that COVID-19 is no longer” a disease of the elderly or just people with diseases, the Minister said younger people are also falling prey to COVID-19, “for which the vaccine is one of the best tools we have”.
He appealed to all beneficiaries to wait for their turn and get vaccinated following strict COVID-19 appropriate behaviours such as mask wearing, frequent hand washing and physical distancing.
Further, informing that 2.39 lakh doses have already been administered safely in the high-risk groups across the State, the Minister also urged the other groups like 45 years and above and those with diseases like diabetes, hypertension etc., to get vaccinated at the earliest following strict safety measures.
(Page News Service)