99% of 45+ age group given 1st dose of COVID vaccine in 2 remote Arunachal villages

Tawang: Two remote villages — Mogto and Khyed — under Mongto circle in Arunachal Pradesh’s Tawang district have achieved a commendable feat after over 99% of the residents falling in the 45 years and above category got their first dose of COVID-19 vaccine, said a health official.

According to the data provided by Dr Jiarul Haque, the medical officer of Mogto public health centre (PHC), a total of 614 villagers above 45 years of age from the two villages have been vaccinated with the first dose of Covishield while 295 out of the total 614 have already been given the second dose of the vaccine.

Mogto circle officer Dorjee Wangchu said only one individual in Khyed and two in Mogto village could not be vaccinated due to refusal and medical reasons.

Wangchu said that the medical team of Mogto PHC and administrative officers went door to door to convince the people to get vaccinated.

“Many of the villagers were not turning up for the vaccination drive at the health centres as most of them were engaged in farming and yak rearing activities at remote herds so we decided to carry out the door to door vaccination process,” Wangchu said.

Meanwhile, officials said the Tawang district administration and the health department along with all its frontline workers are working on a war footing to stop the further spread of the virus, officials said.

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To prevent the further transmission of COVID-19 infection, Tawang and several other districts of the state are currently under a total lockdown until June 7.

Besides extensive contact tracing, testing and treating those who are infected, and isolating them, the health department and administration are also focusing on carrying out maximum vaccination as it is the only long-term solution to the current COVID-19 crisis, the officials said.

The people were earlier hesitating to take the vaccine following rumours and misconceptions but they are now coming forward due to the awareness efforts of the healthcare workers, local administration, legislators and panchayat members, the officials added.

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