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Arunachal prepares for Covid-19 vaccination drive

ITANAGAR: Arunachal Pradesh is now gearing up for the first phase of COVID-19 with over 1,300 health workers from both Government and private institutions identified by the East Siang district administration for the COVID-19 vaccine dose in the first phase of the vaccination drive.

Deputy Commissioner Dr. Kinny Singh said, “The first phase of vaccination drive during a meeting of the District Task Force on COVID-19 at the Siang guest house on Thursday. The advance planning and preparation would be necessary considering the magnitude of the vaccination drive and entire exercise would be taken up in a phase-wise manner.

Singh further informed that for the second phase of vaccination, the personnel of the state and central police forces, armed forces, hone guard, and civil defense organizations including disaster management volunteers and municipal workers etc. have been selected.

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“Persons above the age of fifty years would be vaccinated in the third phase which would be followed by the vaccination of those below fifty years and with associated comorbidities,” he added.

In Itanagar, ICR DC Komkar Dulom urged all the stakeholders to gear up for the drive and complete the process within the timeline. During a district task force meeting on Covid-19 vaccination, he asked DMO Dr Mandip Perme to ensure that all data are collected within the timeline and as per the guideline.

The DMO informed that, once introduced, the healthcare workers would be the first ones to get vaccinated.

ICR SP Jimmy Chiram expressed hope that, once the healthcare workers are vaccinated, it would encourage others to come forward.

It was decided that steering committees would be constituted at the circle level, which would be headed by administrative officers.

UNDP Project Officer Dr Eshi made a PowerPoint presentation on the preparedness of Covid-19 vaccination.

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