Only 31% of healthcare workers vaccinated in 1st phase
Kohima, February 11: State health authorities have expressed concern over the poor response of health care workers to the COVID-19 vaccine.
Till date only 31% of the 21,549 registered health care workers have been vaccinated in the first phase while a mere 5% of the 51,718 registered frontline workers have been vaccinated in the second phase.
State Immunization Officer, UIP, Dr Ritu Thurr attributed the low coverage percentage to the reluctance of a majority of the health care workers as well as the frontline workers to take the vaccine for fear of side effects.
Since the vaccine can only be administered to those that volunteer themselves, the department is working hard to sensitize the people regarding the safety of the Covid-19 vaccine, he said.
Dr Thurr informed that out of the 8,948 persons vaccinated in the State so far, there have been zero instances of people who have suffered serious medical side effects apart from mild cases of fever and pain in the injected area, which he said is normal for all vaccines and not just the Covid-19 vaccine.
Chairing a Nagaland State Task Force review meeting, Principal Secretary for Health & Family Welfare, Amardeep Singh Bhatia said the response to the vaccine from the rural area was very poor and underscored the need to create more awareness so that all could come and avail the vaccine.
Bhatia further asked department to make effective plan to reach out to all healthcare workers.
The State Task Forced discussed in detail the steps required to be undertaken to tackle the problem of low coverage percentage and to make sure that the number of vaccines administered increases rapidly in the remaining 9 days before the conclusion of phase one and two of the Covid-19 vaccination drive.
Many other departments under the Government of Nagaland namely Social Welfare Department, Rural Development and Directorate of Information and Public Relations promised to aid the Department of Health & Family Welfare in sensitizing the general public regarding the safety of the vaccine and also provide logistical support as and when the need arises to ensure that a majority, if not all, of the healthcare workers and frontline workers receives the vaccine.
Several issues and problems faced by the different district immunization officers regarding the vaccination drive in their respective districts were also discussed at length during the meeting and the State Task Force collectively vowed to address the issues cited at the earliest and with utmost urgency.
Meanwhile a consignment of one lakh nine thousand and five hundred doses of COVID 19 has reached Dimapur today. (Page News Service)