Shillong: COVID-19 booster doses were administered to frontline workers, healthcare workers and senior citizens above 60 years age group with comorbidities across Meghalaya on Monday.
According to the health department, over 2,000 individuals have received the Covid booster dose on Monday. The figures are likely to increase since some were done offline and the final number hasn’t been updated on the COWIN portal.
The booster dose drive has started in 156 centre’s across Meghalaya out of which 57 centre’s are in East Khasi Hills District.
During the first hour of the drive, there was low turnout with just a few eligible recipients turning up, while a lot of those without any comorbidities were turned away.
Debojit Konwar had taken the responsibility to take his mother for the booster dose but was also informed that it was only for those with comorbidities. Konwar said that he felt the need to bring his mother because it would give more protection to fight against the virus.
Dr Singh, a healthcare worker who received his booster dose, said people will turn up because today was the first day.
Principal secretary of health & family welfare department, Govt of Meghalaya, Sampath Kumar said the idea is to vaccinate all those who are vulnerable. And for those above 60 years, a door-to-door facility and going to villages and locality is being undertaken. The next two weeks would be to focus on ensuring all those eligible for the precautionary dose would be covered, he added.
“The low turnout today can be because people are still on leave but this week we’re optimistic that it will happen and we require the media to also help us in spreading awareness,” he added.
The principal secretary ruled out any hesitancy about taking the booster dose since people have taken the vaccine before and are aware of how they can be protected from COVID.
Leading the way, M. N. Nampuii, Commissioner and Secretary, Health and Family Welfare Department, Government of Meghalaya, and several other senior officials from the health department were among the first to take the booster dose.
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