Meghalaya on January 12 received 35,000 doses of COVID-19 vaccine from Serum Institute of India (SII) for the scheduled vaccination drive on January 16, state heath and family welfare minister Alexander Laloo Hek informed.
“35,000 doses of COVID-19 from Serum Institute of India are expected to be delivered this evening for Meghalaya,” Hek told the media.
He said in the first phase 16,000 healthcare workers from East Khasi Hills district and West Garo Hills district would be vaccinated on January 16.
Meghalaya ready for COVID-19 vaccine drive: CM
Chief minister Conrad Sangma tweeted ahead of the important vaccination drive and said arrangements are on for January 16.
“In today’s meeting with DCs and health department, discussed the COVID-19 vaccine preparatory arrangements in Meghalaya for phase I of the vaccination drive that would commence nationwide from January 16,” Sangma tweeted.
Covishield is Serum Institute of India’s version of the COVID-19 vaccine developed by Oxford University and marketed by AstraZeneca. The other approved COVID-19 vaccine is Covaxin, developed by Indian firm Bharat Biotech.
After the approval of the vaccines, the central government laid the groundwork by asking the states to conduct a dry run for the proposed vaccination process.
Meghalaya too conducted a successful dry run in 33 health care centres across all the 11 districts of the state on January 2 to prepare the state for the upcoming vaccination.
Private and Missionary-run healthcare facilities were also included in the dry run apart from government healthcare facilities.
More than 600 healthcare workers participated in the dry run across Meghalaya.