Health workers participating in dry run of COVID-19 vaccination in IGM hospital on January 2

Agartala: People are still sceptical about the corona vaccine which is why only 54.34 per cent health workers received vaccination in the first three days, said Dr Siddharth Shiva Jaiswal, Tripura Director of National Health Mission on Tuesday.

Speaking with reporters, Jaiswal said many health workers did not take the dose due to rumours of adverse effects following vaccination. In some cases, beneficiaries did not receive messages due to technical errors in the CO-WIN application.

“The chief secretary on Tuesday held a video conference with the district magistrates who are also the nodal officers of the concerned districts to discuss the problems faced at the vaccination centre,” Jaiswal said.

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He also informed that in addition to the 56,500 doses, the state received another 48,500 doses of the Covidshield vaccine. As a result, it will now be possible to vaccinate 100 per cent of health workers in the first instance instead of 55 per cent.

“We have not reported any case of adverse effect following immunization (AEFI) case out of the 4,269 persons who received the vaccine,” Jaiswal said.

The mission director also informed that about 54.34 per cent health workers have been vaccinated across 99 health facilities. This includes 1,998 shots given to health workers out of 3,688 set targets on Tuesday.

“Since January 16 the vaccination drive has begun following the guidelines of the centre. We have decided to conduct the vaccination drive four days in a week– Monday, Tuesday, Thursday and Friday across the state. We had a target of 7,829 till January 19 out of which 4,269 beneficiaries have been given the vaccine,” Jaiswal said.

On Tuesday, senior health staff including the mission director Dr Siddharth Shiv Jaiswal, state head of Microbiology department Dr Tapan Majumder, Medical Superintendent of Govind Ballabh Pant (GBP) hospital Dr Debasish Ray, Deputy MS Dr Shankar Chakraborty, NCD state nodal officer Dr Supriyo Mallik among others received the shots of the vaccine.

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