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Meghalaya has registered an overall vaccination percentage of 60 per cent till date.
Additional Director of Health Services Dr S.S Nongbri informed a total number of 2,874 health workers had been vaccinated out of 4,135 during the first phase till Monday evening.
Nongbri informed that the lowest percentage of the health workers who have come forward to get themselves vaccinated is in Ri-Bhoi district and the highest is in East Khasi Hills.
“The primary reason for the low turnout is because many of the health workers still have doubts on the efficacy of the vaccine,” Nongbri, who is also the State Surveillance Officer for COVID-19 said.
Nongbri informed that the state government aims to finish vaccinating the health workers and frontline workers within six months.
“We will start the vaccination drive of the citizens only after they have covered all the health workers and frontline workers,” Nongbri said.
“There are only ten people who have complaints of minor reactions after receiving the COVID-19 vaccine. The reaction to vaccines is a normal thing,” he said.
Meanwhile, he said that they plan to vaccinate 17,000 health workers with the 35,000 doses of Covishield vaccines the state had received.
“We wanted to give the two doses to the 17,000 health workers with the same vaccine,” Additional Director of Health Services said.
He further informed that they would receive another 34,000 doses of vaccines, adding that these fresh doses will arrive soon.
“We will plan out how to carry out the vaccination drive of the second batch of COVID-19 vaccine doses after we have formally received it,” he added.
(Edited by Ladiangti Rani)