Meghalaya: 16,000 health workers to get COVID-19 vaccine first
Shillong: Meghalaya health department on Wednesday informed that 16,000 health workers will be vaccinated in the first phase of COVID-19 vaccination.
A total of 35,000 doses of Covishield have arrived in Shillong.
Director of Health Services (MI) Dr Aman Warr informed that the vaccination has been stored at Central Vaccine Store, Pasteur Institute.
A total of 27,087 health workers have registered at the COWIN portal. The state government has identified ten sites for launching the COVID-19 vaccination drive. The sites are:
NEIGRIHMS and Mawphlang CHC in East Khasi Hills
Nongstoin CHC in West Khasi Hills
Sutnga CHC in East Jaintia Hills,
Williamnagar Civil Hospital at East Garo Hills,
Holy Cross Hospital in West Garo Hills,
Ampati Civil Hospital in South West Garo Hills,
Resubelpara CHC in North Garo Hills,
Jowai Civil Hospital in West Jaintia Hills,
Umsning CHC in Ri-Bhoi
"We are thankful to the Indian government for first vaccinating the health workers,” Dr Warr told EastMojo. "If any of the health workers test positive, it affects the entire institution. If we protect the health workers initially, it prevents the spread of the virus from the health workers to the patients," he added.
The 16,000 workers vaccinated in the first phase must complete the second dose after 28 days.
Dr Warr informed that they looked at the grades of health workers and picked 16,000 for vaccination.
Ward boys, girls, nurses, doctors, and ASHA workers in direct contact with COVID-19 patients have been prioritised, he added.
Dr Warr informed that a total of 1,426 government vaccinators are involved in the vaccination drive. A further 87 vaccinators belonging to the private institutions will be responsible for vaccinating workers in private institutions or hospitals.