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Vaccine shortage: Nagaland stops giving first dose of Covid vaccine


Kohima, April 24: Nagaland has temporarily suspended immunization of people with the first dose of Covishield, a COVID-19 vaccine, due to acute shortage of vaccine.

Nagaland Page broke the story of Nagaland facing Covid vaccine shortage on April 22 as hospitals and health care centres in the State reported running out of Covid-19 one April 20, Nagaland had 88,940 doses of Covid vaccine left.
Principal Director of Health & Family Welfare Department, Dr Kevichusa Medikhru today admitted to a section of media here that the State is indeed facing shortage of COVID-19 vaccines.
There are only about 60,000 doses of COVID-19 vaccine left, therefore the Department decided to stop administering the first dose of vaccine and stock the available doses for those awaiting the due date of their second dose, he said.
Dr Medikhru said that the State has already placed the requirement of 3 lakh vaccine doses with the Central Government and the consignment is expected to arrive by next week only after which normal vaccination will resume.
As of today, Nagaland has administered a total of 1,80,125 doses of Covishield to 1,43,391 persons, said State Immunization Officer Dr Ritu Thurr.
Out of the total doses administered in the State 46,845 are frontline workers, 14,059 are healthcare professionals and 82,487 are people above 45 years and senior citizens, he said.

Among those inoculated 36,734 comprising 22,947 frontline workers, 9,427 healthcare workers and 4,360 persons above 45 years and senior citizens have received the second shots of COVID-19 vaccine completing the full course of vaccination, said Dr Thurr. (Page News Service)