Covid vaccination to roll out from Jan 16, priority for health workers & frontliners

Wednesday, Jan 13, 2021 07:30 [IST]

Last Update: Wednesday, Jan 13, 2021 01:59 [IST]

Covid vaccination to roll out from Jan 16, priority for health workers & frontliners

GANGTOK,(IPR): Chief secretary. S. C. Gupta chaired the second meeting of State Steering Committee to review the preparedness regarding the roll-out of Covid-19 vaccination in the State, at Tashiling Secretariat, today.
It may be mentioned here that the vaccination process will commence from January 16 throughout the country.
The chief secretary, in his address, said the Covid-19 vaccination programme is a biggest vaccination drive which is all set to kickstart in the State from January 16. He informed that the vaccination drive would be carried out in the State as per the guidelines of the Government of India. He also called for coordinated approach and efforts from all line departments in various stages of vaccination drive in the State.
The chief secretary also apprised to maintain Covid-19 appropriate behavior at all times.
During the meeting, a detailed presentation on the preparedness of Covid-19 vaccination in the State was made by the director/State Immunization Officer Dr. Phumzay Denzongpa. She informed that the first group of beneficiaries to receive the vaccine will be healthcare workers. The second group will have front-line workers that include- State and Central Police personnel, Armed Forces personnel, home guards, civil defence, Disaster Management volunteers, Municipal workers, Prison staff and Revenue workers involved in containment and surveillance. The third group will prioritise people above 50 years and people below 50 years with comorbidities. Subsequently, the vaccine will be made available to the general populace
It was also informed that the State government will receive 12,500 doses of vaccine in the next couple of days. The two session sites have been identified for Covid-19 vaccination launch in the State, namely, New STNM Hospital in east district and Gyalshing District Hospital in west district.
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.
Later, a press conference was also held to disseminate information on the roll-out of Covid-19 vaccination at the conference hall of Tashiling Secretariat.
During the briefing, Health DG-cum-secretary Dr. Pemba T. Bhutia made an appeal to the people to ensure participation for vaccination and also to ensure Covid appropriate behaviour to keep oneself and others safe.
Health principal secretary K. Sreenivasulu informed that there will be a gap of 28 days between the two doses. He added that effectiveness begins only after 14 days of administering the second dose. He also prioritised special focus on proper information dissemination that the vaccine is safe and immunogenic.

Sikkim at a Glance

  • Area: 7096 Sq Kms
  • Capital: Gangtok
  • Altitude: 5,840 ft
  • Population: 6.10 Lakhs
  • Topography: Hilly terrain elevation from 600 to over 28,509 ft above sea level
  • Climate:
  • Summer: Min- 13°C - Max 21°C
  • Winter: Min- 0.48°C - Max 13°C
  • Rainfall: 325 cms per annum
  • Language Spoken: Nepali, Bhutia, Lepcha, Tibetan, English, Hindi