Kohima: Nagaland Health and Family Welfare Minister S Pangnyu Phom has launched the COVID-19 vaccination of the 18 to 44 years age group in Nagaland at the Naga Hospital Authority here,
Launching the programme Phom said the state has received the vaccine on payment as allocated by the Ministry of Health and Family Welfare. The state has placed more orders, but the State does not have any control over the supply or production of vaccines.
He said COVID-19 Vaccination Centers for 18 to 44 year age group have been placed strategically as per risk assessment with focus on the urban areas and that all the districts have been allocated the vaccines as per population and risk of infection.
Phom expressed happiness at the positive response of citizens by coming forward to take the vaccine as there was a good demand at all session sites, indicated by online booking site COWIN.
He said Covid-19 Vaccination Centres for 18 to 44 years age group were set up at strategically as per risk assessment with focus on urban areas, adding that all districts were allocated the vaccines as per population and risk of infection.
Phom pointed out that Covid-19 was no longer affecting only the elderly or individuals with co-morbidities, but even young people, the minister remarked that vaccine was one of the best
tools against the virus. He said booking for next week would be announced soon, but all beneficiaries would have to compulsorily register at COWIN portal.
He has appealed to all beneficiaries to wait for their turn and get the vaccine following strict COVID-19 appropriate behaviours like mask wearing, hand-washing and physical distancing.
He also urged the 45 years above age group and those with diseases like diabetes and hypertension to vaccinate themselves at the earliest following strict safety measures.
It may be mentioned here that the Government of Nagaland had assured that the vaccination will be administered from May 1 last, but due to shortage of COVID vaccination which was launched now, as the state had received 36,580 doses of the Covishield vaccine on May 13 for this purpose.