COVID-19 vaccination in Meghalaya not to begin on May 1

COVID-19 vaccination for the 18-44 years age group will not begin in Meghalaya from May 1 as the state is awaiting vaccine vials from the Serum Institute of India, Pune.

“The state has placed order for adequate number of COVID-19 vaccines with the Serum Institute of India, Pune and their delivery schedule is still awaited. This seems to be the case with most other states as well. Hence, vaccination for 18-44 years age group in Meghalaya shall not commence on May 1. The exact date of commencement will be notified in due course,” principal secretary health & family welfare department Sampath Kumar said on April 28.

“Online registration for vaccination, however, shall progress as planned. Residents in the 18-44 years age group are encouraged to actively register themselves for vaccination. COVID-19 vaccination shall happen only after online registration,” he said.

He said spot registration will not be permitted for the 18-44 years age group as per the existing orders.

“COVID-19 vaccination for already eligible priority groups which includes healthcare workers, frontline workers and citizens above 45 years of age will continue as usual at the designated vaccination centres,” Kumar added.

As per the announcement of Union government, COVID vaccination for adult beneficiaries above 18 years of age is scheduled to commence from May 1, online registration for the same begun on April 28 on cowin.gov.in

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