Health workers participating in dry run of COVID-19 vaccination in IGM hospital on January 2 last Credit: File Image

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Agartala: The Tripura government has decided to vaccinate 55 percent of the total 45,432 health workers in the first phase of the vaccination, slated to be inaugurated by Chief Minister Biplab Kumar Deb from Agartala Town Hall on January 16. .

Education Minister Ratan Lal Nath on Thursday said that the state has received 56,500 doses in the first consignment from the Centre, which can cater to only 55 percent of the health workers.

“The process requires two doses at the interval of 28 days. So, we have to keep the doses in stock,” Nath said.

He said the remaining 45 percent of the health staff will be covered when the state receives its next consignment of the vaccine.

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“We have distributed 55,820 doses of vaccines among the eight districts of the state from the Agartala state storehouse. Of this, North Tripura received 5,720 doses, Unakoti received 3250, Dhalai 6,300, Khowai 4690, West 17,500, Sepahijala 5,600, Gomati 6,250 and South Tripura received 6,510 doses,” Nath said.

The vaccination will start at 152 session sites selected across the state and a total of 304 vaccinators have been selected for the process. There would be a team of 980 members, including heath, civil and home staff.

On the current status of COVID-19 situation in Tripura, Nath said that 5 persons had tested positive out of the 1,500 samples tested on Wednesday, taking the positive rate to 0.33 percent with zero deaths.

“On January 12, a total of 1,944 samples were tested and only six persons tested positive with a rate of 0.31 percent and one death. The positive rate on October 1 was at 10.97 percent, which now stands at 0.33 percent. The recovery rate stands at 98.72 percent. The mortality rate stands at 1.17 percent and test per million at 1,49,257,” the minister said.

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