Shillong: In the wake of rising COVID-19 cases in Meghalaya, a massive vaccination drive has been carried out for the troops of the Central Reserve Police Force in the state. Out of the 1,257 CRPF personnel, 1,049 were administered the vaccine on Tuesday.

According to Alok Bhattacharya, commandant of 67 BN of the CRPF, they are better prepared in comparison to 2020.

He said, personnel returning from other states are being sent to the quarantine centre at Polo- Gymnasium Indoor Stadium which has a capacity for 70 people. After completing two weeks in isolation they are tested and are kept under close observation for another week.

“It is a robust process that we are following, once they complete two weeks isolation, we ensure that after they are tested they are kept under close observation for another week,” Bhattacharya said.

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Close to 22 personnel have not been vaccinated due mismatch in working hours and timing of the vaccination while others were excluded due to medical reasons. The CRPF hospital at Polo, Shillong has been designated as vaccination and COVID response centre. The centre will soon be open for citizens above the age of 18 to come here to get their jab of the vaccine.

Infrastructure however has been a challenge for the unit due to which only 4 beds of the 10-bedded hospital are currently being used. However, facilities like oxygen and equipment to conduct Rapid Antigen Test are in place.

“We are equipped to manage critical cases if the situation arises. There are 24 COVID-19 positive cases which are mild ones,” said Dr. Utpal Gogoi, chief medical officer at 67 BN CRPF.

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