Sikkim to start COVID-19 vaccination from January 16

The much-awaited COVID-19 vaccine is now scheduled to be administered from January 16 in Gangtok. The vaccine will be received on January 14.

“12,500 doses will be sent to us in the first phase,” said Sikkim principal secretary health K Srinivasulu. He was accompanied by principal home secretary R Telang and Siphora Targain, secretary IPR.

“Fight with COVID-19 is almost over now as the vaccine is coming. The COVID-19 vaccination programme in Sikkim will continue as per guidelines of the Union government,” they said.

“Sikkim government has divided prospective beneficiaries into four groups including health workers, 50 years and above people, and the last group consists of those below 50,” said secretary health Pempa Tshering Bhutia.

Two session sites have been identified for COVID-19 vaccination launch in the state – New STNM Hospital in East District and Gyalshing District Hospital in West District.

Healthcare workers register for COVID-19 vaccination

It was also informed that till date, 9414 state healthcare workers, 148 central healthcare workers and 5511 frontline workers have been registered in CoWIN app for COVID-19 vaccination.

For those 50 years old and above persons, voters’ lists will be consulted and beneficiaries will be outreached accordingly at election booth level.

The COVID-19 vaccine will be coming directly from the company, it will be dispatched to districts from there to primary health centres. Subsequently, vaccine will be administered in other places also, including Mangan, Singtam, Dikchu and other townships.

“After first dose, a second dose will be given after 28 days. After 14 days it would be working. But, COVID appropriate behaviour is expected from everyone even after vaccination is done,” the officials said.

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