Kohima: Although the Government of Nagaland has decided to provide free COVID-19 vaccines to all 18 years and above citizens of Nagaland starting from 1st May across the State, but the Directorate of Health and Family Welfare has informed that vaccination of people in the 18 to 44 age groups will commence in the State “only when the state has received the vaccine from the suppliers.”
According to a press release issued by State Immunisation Officer Dr Ritu Thurr, so far the State has received a letter from the Serum Institute India (SII) stating that the SII will be supplying 36,580 doses of COVISHIELD. “Whereas the state is processing to procure 4 Lakh doses, to begin its 3rd phase of COVID vaccination,” it said.
“Though registration at Cowin and Aarogya Setu App will continue to register new beneficiaries, the booking will start only when t State announces the date for commencement of vaccination for the 3rd Phase for the 18-44 age groups,” it informed.
Meanwhile, in a small state of Nagaland has total caseload breached the 14000-mark yesterday after 158 fresh Covid-19 positive cases were reported from across the State when three more deaths were recorded and the total caseload to 14,134. With this, the active cases also surged to 1353. The death toll rose to 107 after Dimapur reported two more COVID fatalities and another death on Mon.
Official sources informed that the Centre has allocated 2000 vials of Remdesivir to Nagaland for the period April 21 to May 9. The Government changed the allocation of Remdesivir vials to States for the second day in a row on Saturday. Under the new plan shared, 70,000 vials will be reserved for central allocation, from 20,000 as per Friday’s allocation, leaving 33.8 Lakh for the States and Union Territories, it said.