Shillong: The Meghalaya government said it is yet to reach the 40% mark when it comes to vaccinating people above the age of 45. “Only 37-38% have been vaccinated,” deputy chief minister Prestone Tynsong informed media persons.

“We have been urging people above 45 years to take the vaccination but people are still not coming forward. The only solution is the individual helping themselves by coming forward to take the vaccination,” said Tynsong.

He emphasised how the government has done its part by urging people to come forward.

When asked the reason behind the hesitancy, Tynsong said that it could be due to fake news circulating on social media. “There might be some post on social media, which is spreading superstitious beliefs,” said Tynsong.

The government will come up with a booklet, which will be in the local language and it would be handed over from door to door, he added.

Tynsong added that the government has been asking religious organisations and local authorities to work with the government in spreading awareness.

Increase in bed capacity

Given the increase in COVID-19 cases, Tynsong said the government is preparing a backup system, Tynsong said.

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Since bed occupancy has reached 60% in Shillong, the Meghalaya government will arrange 300 beds at the IIM Out of this, 100 beds will have an oxygen facility. Another 100-bed facility would be set up at Umsawli with 100 capacity, of which 40 will be with oxygen.

Pointing out that the COVID-19 bed situation in Meghalaya is still manageable, Tynsong pointed out that there are 21 hospitals in Meghalaya with COVID-19 wing with a capacity of 707 beds. Of these, 416 beds are currently occupied.

Nazareth hospital in Shillong has 70 active COVID-19 cases, while the hospital’s capacity is 100 beds. Both the Civil Hospital in Nongstoin and Dr Norman Tunnel Hospital Jowai have zero active cases, and zero occupied beds.

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