Morung Express News
Dimapur | January 14
In a positive development, Nagaland today received the first consignment of the COVID-19 vaccines, two days ahead of the scheduled roll-out on January 16.
According to state health officials, 26500 doses of Covishield vaccine arrived at Dimapur Airport on January 14 as a part of first phase delivery from the Government of India.
The Oxford-AstraZeneca vaccine, Covishield, has been developed in collaboration with Pune-based Serum Institute of India (SII).
“First phase of the Covishield vaccine has arrived today at Dimapur Airport. We have received 26500 doses from GoI & Nagaland will join the Nation in rolling out the first phase on 16th Jan' 2021,” Nagaland Health and Family Welfare Minister S Pangnyu Phom updated on Twitter.
He further informed that the vaccines will be transported to the districts under security protection.
“Health care workers & frontline workers shall be the first to receive the vaccine,” he added.
State Principal Secretary, Health and Family Welfare, Amardeep Bhatia, IAS on January 13 also informed all elaborate arrangements have been made for transportation to all districts of Nagaland state.
Bhatia informed that the vaccine will be administered in two doses and will take effect only after 14 days after the second dose.
He stated that people will need to keep following the COVID appropriate behaviour till the period is completed.
Bhatia called for carrying out awareness information and programmes across the State to curb the menace of fake news and rumours related to the COVID-19 vaccine.