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Nagaland ready to roll out COVID-19 vaccine: Minister Kronu

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KOHIMA, JANUARY 11: Nagaland is fully geared up for the rollout of COVID-19 vaccination programme on January 16, said official sources here today.

“Nagaland, along with the rest of the country, will roll out the COVID vaccination programme on January 16. The vaccine will be made available by the Government of India through the existing cold chain of the immunization programme in phase manner”, said Minister for Planning & Coordination, Land Revenue and Parliamentary, Neiba Kronu, who is also spokesperson for High Powered Committee (HPC) on COVID-19 Nagaland.
In the first phase of the vaccination drive, the priority category will be health care workers in health sectors, while the second category will be frontline workers police and administration, while third phase will be above 50 years and below 50 with co-morbidities, he said.
An estimated 19,690 healthcare workers in both Government and private sectors would be vaccinated starting January 16, he said, adding that frontline workers are approximately 30,000 and persons above 50 years of age will be 3,49,757. The number of persons below 50 years with co-morbidities is yet to be estimated, he said.
The two COVID-19 vaccines are COVISHIELD and COVAXIN, he said.
Asked on the number of persons to be vaccinated on the first day of the launch, he said it would be decided only after the vaccines are received from the Centre.
Meanwhile, Kronu also informed that Prime Minister Narendra Modi and Union Home Minister Amit Shah held a video conference with the HPC on COVID-19, under the chairmanship of Chief Minister Neiphiu Rio, alongwith Minister Health S Pangnyu Phom, Advisor and co-spokesperson Mmhonlumo Kikon, Advisor Neikisalie Kire, officials of the Health and Family Welfare Department and himself.
The meeting discussed the preparedness of the state to roll out the COVID-19 vaccine, said Kronu.
(Page News Service)