Aizawl: Over 1,500 healthcare workers in Mizoram have been vaccinated against Covid-19 in the ongoing nation-wide vaccination drive, which began on January 16, an official said on Thursday.
State immunisation officer Dr Lalzawmi said only 1,508 beneficiaries were administered the Covishied vaccine until Wednesday against a target set for 8,325 doses. This also means that only 18.12 per cent of the total expected beneficiaries have been vaccinated so far.
Dr Lalzawmi said that 314 healthcare workers were vaccinated at five centres in Aizawl and Lunglei on the first day of inoculation on January 16.
Subsequently, 240 people were vaccinated on Monday, 537 on Tuesday and 417 on Wednesday.
Of the 1,508 people vaccinated so far, 828 were from Aizawl district, 380 from Lunglei district, 200 from Lawngtlai and 100 beneficiaries were from west Mizoram’s Mamit district, Dr Lalzawmi said.
According to the official, people dealing with vaccination in each district have been told to carry out the vaccination drive at least three times in a week.
Though they did not face any adverse effects, the turnout was not up to the mark as some beneficiaries did not receive SMS alerts informing them to take the vaccine, Dr Lalzawmi added.