Shillong: The Meghalaya government has ramped up the vaccination drive for the 18-44 age group, but the question that now arises is: Will these 42,000 doses be enough?
As of May 14, a total of 1,907 people between the ages of 18 and 44 received their first jab. As witnessed in all parts of the country, several citizens are still trying their luck to book a slot.
The vaccination drive for this age group started on May 14 till May 16. The Mission Director of the National Health Mission will soon come up with new dates for next week. So far, there are 18 vaccination centres set up across the state.
Here is the list of Government vaccination centres in the different districts of Meghalaya: Williamnagar Civil Hospital in East Garo Hills, Khliehriat CHC in East Jaintia Hills, Shillong Civil Hospital, Rynjah State Dispensary, MIMHANS in East Khasi Hills District. Nazareth Hospital and Bethany Hospital are the two private centres in Shillong. Resubelpara CHC in North Garo Hills, Nongpoh Civil Hospital in Ri-Bhoi, Baghmara Civil Hospital in South Garo Hills, Mahendraganj CHC in South West Garo Hills, Mawkyrwat CHC in South West Khasi Hills, Matchalkolgre UPHC and Dobasipara UPHC in West Garo Hills, Nongstoin CHC in West Khasi Hills. Chutwakhu UPHC in West Jaintia Hills and Norman Tunnel Hospital a private centre.
Mission Director of NHM Meghalaya, Ram Kumar, said that around 12 lakh people are belonging to this age group. He added that they are still working on increasing the centres to avoid overcrowding and avoiding the movement of people from one locality to another.
So far, the government has not announced any new orders in place regarding vaccination. The last information received from the government was concerning these 42,000 doses that have arrived and that they had paid Rs 300 per dose.