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Uphill task but perceptions towards vaccines changing


KOHIMA, MAY 24: Amidst barrages of propaganda and half truths on the ongoing COVID-19 vaccination drive, people have started to flock the health centres and hospitals to avail the vaccine.

The Central Government had launched a country-wide vaccination drive for 18-44 years, even as shortage of vaccines continues. According to sources, response from the urban area was encouraging, while response from the rural areas is also catching up.
In towns there are reports of rush of people to book slots. In the State capital people are facing problems to book slots as the vaccination exercise is not on a daily basis. Some people had to book slots at nearby health centres and hospitals outside Kohima city.
The Health Department allots 200 doses for each centre per day.
The State will needs at least 16 lakhs doses of vaccine to cover the age group. The total expenditure for Covishield vaccines would be Rs. 64 crore, which would be an extra burden on State’s Exchequer.
A senior Health official said that after much grappling with fake news and propaganda, now people are gradually out to avail the vaccine but added that some awareness campaign should continue so that no one is left without vaccination.
Another Government official said they are equally grappling with the Coronavirus and fake news, which has managed to confound and create confusion in the society adding that the State Government is making all out efforts to dispel and debunk all such propaganda.

Lately the State Government has roped in Church and civil society organisations to persuade the people to avail the vaccine. In some places local MLAs are also on the job to convince people to come forward for the jabs.
Reportedly, today the BJP State Unit President, Temjen Imna Along, visited Jalukie, along with party functionaries to inspect the administrations of vaccines. (Page News Service)