Shillong: Meghalaya’s Deputy Commissioner of the East Khasi Hills, the most COVID-19 affected district, that includes state capital Shillong, on Wednesday, urged all those who have been vaccinated to take a ‘pledge for ten’ and motivate at least ten other people to come forward and take the “life-saving jab”.
The Meghalaya Government has decided to let citizens in the age group of 18-44 years to book
vaccine slots on the spot from June 11, to make it easier for them.
“As we are in the middle of this raging battle against global pandemic COVID-19, we have seen that ever since the arrival of the vaccination, there has been hope because it has been proven to protect all of us against severe infection and it has been seen to protect against death as well,” the Deputy Commissioner, Isawanda Laloo said through the social media.
“I want to appeal to all my friends, especially those who have taken the vaccination, you have seen for yourselves the benefits, that there were no adverse side effects. I want that you will help encourage others to come forward to take the vaccine,” the Deputy Commissioner urged all those who have been inoculated.
“Try to tell them about the benefits of this vaccine, try to convince them, try to reduce their doubts and fears and help them come forward. I urge you to ‘pledge for ten’, to resolve that if you have gotten the shot, you will try to convince ten more people who are above the age of 45, it may be your parents, grandparents, teachers, friends, relatives, acquaintances, even people you do not know but strike a conversation over the internet, try to tell them to come forward to take this life-saving jab,” Laloo underscored.
“I want to call upon our friends in the 18 plus population who have received the vaccine, one dose or two, to inform your friends, to tell your loved ones, to reach out to as many people as you can through various quarters, through a phone call, through a conversation, through social media,” the Deputy Commissioner made a fervent appeal.
“We can only do this together. This pandemic calls for joint and collective action. Alone we can do nothing but together we can achieve so much. So let us take the pledge to save ourselves to save the lives of others and protect our community and state as a whole. Let us ‘pledge for ten’ today,” Laloo iterated.