Tripura receives 56,500 doses of Covidshield vaccine
Agartala: Tripura is all set to start COVID-19 vaccination from January 16.
Speaking with EastMojo, Dr Siddharth Shiv Jaiswal, Director, Tripura National Health Mission (NHM), said the first consignment of COVID-19 vaccine reached Agartala this morning from Kolkata.
“We have received the vaccine from the airport at 11:30 am. We have received 56,500 doses of Covidshield vaccine and stored in Agartala state storehouse in Gurkhabasti,” Jaiswal said.
He also said that all the district officials reached the state store with vaccine vans to collect their vaccines.
"The vaccine will reach all eight district headquarters with tight security from Agartala by this evening," Jaiswal added.
The first phase of vaccination will start from January 16 across India. In Tripura, a total of 15 health facilities have been identified as immunisation centres.
In the first phase, around 45,420 health care workers would be vaccinated. This will be followed by the frontline workers, including the police, armed forces, municipal workers will be vaccinated in the second phase. Data collection templates were forwarded to the urban department, home department and CAPF nodal.
“In case Adverse Effects Following Immunization (AEFI) occur, health workers have been trained to handle the patients. If required, a kit medicine kit will also be provided. The patients would be referred to higher centres for which dedicated ambulances would be allocated”, Jaiswal told reporters earlier on January 7 last.
Tripura chief minister Biplab Kumar Deb said journalists across the state would be covered in the first phase of vaccination as frontline warriors.
This comes a week after the Agartala Press Club secretary Pranab Sarkar wrote a letter to the CM requesting him to include journalists in the first phase for vaccination.
As per the latest reports, a total of 386 persons have lost their lives fighting COVID-19 with a fatality rate of 1.16. A total of 33,309 persons have tested positive for the virus, out of which 32,857 have recovered with the current rate at 98.71 per cent.