A healthcare worker receiving COVID-19 vaccine in Mizoram

Aizawl: A total of 62.8% beneficiaries in Mizoram turned up to receive COVID-19 vaccines on the inaugural day of vaccination drive on Saturday, a health department official said.

State immunisation officer Dr Lalzawmi said that only 314 healthcare workers, doctors and nurses, were vaccinated against the targeted 500 on the inaugural day of the country’s inoculation.

She said that the turnout was not up to the mark because beneficiaries received SMS alert informing them for vaccination late.

She said that the vaccination drive was smooth, and no side effect or other untoward incident was reported.

Along with the rest of the country, Mizoram on Saturday launched a vaccination drive to combat novel coronavirus at five centres in two districts of the state.

The main launch programme was held at Aizawl civil hospital simultaneously with the nation-wide inauguration by Prime Minister Narendra Modi. Health minister Dr R Lalthangliana and health secretary H Lalengmawia were present at the event.

Lalmuanpuii (44), a Grade-IV employee at Aizawl Civil Hospital, was the first beneficiary to receive the vaccine, according to Lalzawmi.

Speaking at the launch, Lalthangliana said COVID-19 vaccine is safe to receive and urged all the beneficiaries to receive complete doses keeping aside apprehension.

He claimed that Mizoram is one of the best performing states not only in India but the entire world in tackling COVID-19. Adding that all departments, political parties, NGOs, churches and people in general work together to fight the virus, which made Mizoram the best performing state in tackling COVID-19 crisis.

“Due to the collective efforts made by the government, political parties, churches, NGOs and volunteers, Mizoram has become the least-affected state in the country as of now with only nine fatalities so far,” he said.

He said that COVID-19 that united the people of the state.

A total of 18,500 doses of Oxford-AstraZeneca’s Covishield were safely brought to Aizawl by flights from Pune on January 14.

Apart from Aizawl civil hospital, the first rollout of COVID-19 vaccines was held at Zoram Medical College (ZMC), Sub-District hospital at Kulikawn and Urban Public Health Centre at ITI Veng, all in Aizawl and at the civil hospital in Lunglei town in the southern part of the state.

Dr Eric Zomawia, Mission direct of National Health Mission (NHM) said that 500 beneficiaries of healthcare workers were selected to receive on the first inoculation.

He said that the vaccination drive will be held in all districts across the state from this week and about 8,000 healthcare workers will be covered in the first phase.

Data collection for frontline workers like defence personnel, paramilitary forces, police, among others, is being undertaken by the home department.

He added that 10 prominent doctors set an example by leading to receive the vaccine in the first round.

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