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Along with the rest of the country, Meghalaya on Saturday rolled out the COVID-19 vaccination drive with over 800 health workers across the state set to be vaccinated in the first phase.
In Meghalaya, Chief Minister Conrad K Sangma launched the vaccination drive at North East Indira Gandhi Regional Institute of Health and Medical Sciences (NEIGRIHMS) in Shillong.
The world's biggest COVID-19 vaccination drive was launched by Prime Minister Narendra Modi via video conferencing on Saturday morning.
It was informed that a total of 100 health workers will be vaccinated at NEIGRIHMS and 732 in the different districts of Meghalaya.
Speaking to media persons, the chief minister termed the occasion as a "historic" moment in the battle against COVID-19.
"This vaccine rollout is a positive step towards the fight against this virus which has long been affecting normal life," Sangma said.
He informed that vaccination will be rolled out in two districts -- South West Khasi Hills and South Garo Hills, which were previously left out due to connectivity issue, by Sunday.
The roll-out of the vaccination drive does not mean the end of the fight against COVID-19, said the chief minister while asserting that the drive may continue for the next six to eight months.
HOSPITALS/HEALTH CENTRES TO ADMINISTER VACCINES
Over 800 vaccines will be accordingly distributed to different hospitals and health centres across the state.
Here is a list:
NEIGRIHMS - 100 beneficiaries
Mawphlang CHC - 24 beneficiaries
Resubelpara CHC (North Garo Hills) - 60 beneficiaries
Jowai Civil Hospital (West Jaintia Hills) - 100 beneficiaries
Ampati Civil Hospital (South West Garo Hills) - 101 beneficiaries
Umsning CHC (Ri Bhoi) - 49 beneficiaries
Sutnga CHC (East Jaintia Hills) - 100 beneficiaries
Nongstoin CHC (West Khasi Hills) - 100 beneficiaries
Holy Cross Hospital (West Garo Hills) - 98 beneficiaries
Williamnagar Civil Hospital (East Garo Hills) - 100 beneficiaries
(Edited by Ibankyntiew Mawrie)