NAHARLAGUN, 17 May: The vaccination for the age group18 to 44 years started across the state on Monday. Health Minister Alo Libang launched Tika Utsav here at TRIHMS (old Art & Culture campus) which will go on for the next 15 days. Later talking to the press health minister informed that vaccination for 18 to 44 years started in 36 centres across the state.
“In each centre100 vaccines were provided. In ICR 300 vaccines were given. 20180 doses have been acquired in the first batch for 18 to 44 years. More vaccines will arrive in the state,” said the minister.
The state immunization officer Dr Dimong Padung informed that till now 305000 doses of Covid 19 vaccines including first and second dose have been given to frontline workers and those above 45 years in the state. He also said 3600 bookings were made in the 18 to 44 years for the first day. In the districts like Kurung Kumey the vaccine could not be scheduled due to internet problems, said Dr Padung.
Further he said that the state government is contacting various vaccine developers to acquire the Covid vaccine.
“We wrote to SII, makers of Covishield and Bharat Biotech, the makers of Covaxin. However only SII responded and accordingly we are receiving vaccines from them. Again recently we wrote to Dr Reddy’s who is distributing Russian Sputnik V vaccine in India. They have responded and said they will inform the state government about the development,” said Dr Padung.
NHM Managing Director CR KHampa and Capital DMO Dr M Perme said response to vaccination drive has been very positive and enthusiasm has been seen among the youths of the capital so from tomorrow there will be two hundred vaccines in each three centers of the capital complex.
Capital Deputy Commissioner Talo POtom, Director Family Welfare Dr. Emi Rumi, Director Health services Dr. M Lego, Capital DRCHO Dr. T Mize, among other medical officers, was president on the occasion.