KOHIMA, MAY 8: COVID-19 vaccination drive for 18 years to 44 years is likely to be delayed in the State as the Health Department is yet to receive the consignment.
The vaccination which was supposed to start from May 1 has been delayed due to non-availability of COVID-19 vaccines. The Health Department official here said they are expecting to receive the first consignment by May 15.
The State Government has already written a letter to Confederation of Indian Industries, New Delhi, for timely delivery of vaccine and sought generous contribution from the companies to Nagaland. The State will need at least 16 lakhs doses of vaccine to cover the age group, the total expenditure for Covishield vaccine would be Rs. 64 crore, which would be an extra burden on State’s exchequer. The vaccine will be provided free of cost.
Meanwhile, there has been report of re-infection of novel Coronavirus in the State, but the concerned Department is in the process of compilation of such persons. A senior Health Department official confirmed of reinfection.
While positive cases surge in the State Capital despite unannounced and unofficial lockdown for the third day, the Government has not announced lockdown officially but, except pharmacies, few groceries shops and scattered footpath vendors, shops and business houses downed their shutters. In High School area all shops remained closed today reportedly due to detection of cases of positive in some shops.
In some areas Health workers are conducting random testing on pedestrians and vendors.
The Kohima district administration today again ordered stringent enforcement of measures during the containment period. (Page News Service)