COVID-19 vaccines for 16, 000 Meghalaya’s health workers arrive

Shillong, Jan 12: With the country set to roll out the COVID-19 vaccine from January 16, the first set of consignment for Meghalaya has arrived on Tuesday evening.

Director of Health Services (MI), Dr. Aman War informed that 35, 000 doses have reached the state and are being stored at Central Vaccine Store, Pasteur Institute, Shillong.

He informed that initially 16000 health workers will be vaccinated.

Chief Minister, Conrad Sangma tweeted, “First shipments of #COVID19 Vaccine touched down at Guwahati Airport today. #Meghalaya will roll-out the #COVIDVaccination drive from 16th Jan 2021 using #CovishieldVaccine for Phase I. Gratitude to Hon’ble PM@narendramodi Ji & Hon’ble Health Minister@drharshvardhanJi.”

Early Tuesday morning, the Serum Institute of India (SII), Pune dispatched the first consignment of the Covishield vaccine for distribution across various locations in the country

Flights took off from Pune International Airport to dispatch the Covishield vaccines to 13 different locations of the country which includes Delhi, Chennai, Kolkata, Guwahati, Shillong, Ahmedabad, Hyderabad, Vijayawada, Bhubaneswar, Patna, Bengaluru, Lucknow and Chandigarh.

According to the Director of Health Services, the vaccines will initially be administered to health workers in 11 sites located in nine districts of the state – NEIGRIHMS and Mawphlang CHC ( East Khasi Hills), Nongstoin CHC (West Khasi Hills), Sutnga CHC and Pamra Paithlu (East Jaintia Hills), Wiliamnagar Civil Hospital (East Garo Hills), Holy Cross Hospital (West Garo Hills), Ampati Civil Hospital (South West Garo Hills), Resubelpara PHC (North Garo Hills), Jowai Civil Hospital (West Jaintia Hills) and Umsning CHC (Ri-Bhoi).