26, 500 health workers to be vaccinated in first phase

Shillong, Jan 8: Director of Health Services (MI), Dr. Aman War on Friday informed that after the COVID-19 vaccination to health workers in the first phase, the next section of people who would be inoculated would be the frontline workers.

Dr. War informed that in the first phase 26,500 health workers would be vaccinated as and when the vaccine is rolled out.

Speaking to reporters, the Director of Health Services informed that in the next phase frontline workers which will include the COVID -19 management team like the dorbar shnong, persons above 50 years of age and those with comorbidities will be vaccinated.

However, Dr. War said that as of now those who are 18 years and below and pregnant mothers will not be vaccinated.

The Director of Health Services also informed that due to COVID-19 other immunization programmes of the government will not be disrupted.

“Immunisation services for children, pregnant mothers that will go side by side. We are not going to disrupt any programme,” he said.

Dr. War said that the idea to vaccinate the health workers in the first phase is to make sure that the health system does not fail.

“But every time the health workers become infected then it affects the smooth functioning of the facility where they are working,” Dr. War added.