Manipur: 3,986 healthcare workers receive COVID vaccine in January
Around 80,000 to 1,00, 000 frontline workers will be vaccinated during the second phase which is likely to be started from February first week.
A total of 3,986 healthcare workers of the targeted number of 7,310 in the first phase of the COVID-19 vaccination programme, have received the first dose of the vaccine, advisor to chief minister (Health and Family Welfare) Sapam Ranjan said on Sunday.
Ranjan was briefing the media at the Family Welfare office, Imphal. He said that the vaccination process in the state is taken up according to the advice and guidelines of the Health and Family Welfare Ministry.
The second phase of the vaccination programme will be benefitted by the frontline workers followed by individuals whose ages are above 50, and those with age below 50 with comorbidities.
Around 80,000 to 1,00, 000 frontline workers will be vaccinated during the second phase and it is likely to be started from February first week, he said.
With the introduction of the vaccination programme, the state is overcoming the COVID-19 pandemic and the total active COVID cases has been reduced to just 136 patients, Ranjan said and appealed to the public to continue following the COVID Appropriate Behaviour and fully overcome the pandemic together.
The nationwide vaccination programme was started on January 16. Till date, there has been no report of any moderate or severe side effects of the vaccine in Manipur, though there are reports of a few mild and temporary side effects like mild fever, itchiness, swollen skin and others, Rajan added.
Asserting that the state government is working at its best level under the initiative of the chief minister to combat the COVID-19 pandemic, he said, “Let us all work together to eradicate COVID-19.”
The function was attended by director of Family Welfare P Shyamsunder as president, director of Health Services K Rajo and state mission director of NHM, Manipur N Shyamjai as guests of honour.