Weeks after the Nagaland government announced free vaccinations for those aged between 18 - 44 years has been put on hold. Earlier the state government has announced that the vaccination drive will begin from May 1, 2021, and the beneficiaries will be those aged between 18 and 44 years.
However, the Nagaland Health and Family Welfare department has issued a notification stating that the vaccination drive has been put on hold and will commence only after the vaccines arrive in the state.
Earlier the Chief Minister of Nagaland has requested the vaccines and also informed the citizens and well-wishers to donate to the Chief Minister's Relief Fund to pay for the vaccines.
This request has drawn flak from the opposition party stating that the Chief Minister's donation drive is nothing more than a scam. This vaccination drive will be the third phase for the state and it hopes to procure 4 lakh vaccine doses, said State Immunization Officer. Dr. Ritu Thurr, in a statement.
However, a letter from Serum Institute India (SII) sent to the Nagaland Government stating that only 36,580 doses of Covishield vaccines will be supplied to the state.
Meanwhile, the Government of Nagaland through a press release has informed its citizens to wait for further updates as to when the 3rd phase of the vaccination drive will begin.
This vaccination drive will be the third phase for the state of Nagaland and it hopes to procure 4 lakh vaccine doses said State Immunization Officer. Dr. Ritu Thurr, in a press statement.Even with the delay in the supply of vaccines from Serum Institute India (SII), the registration of people for those willing to acquire the vaccines is allowed to do so. Registrations can be done on cowin.gov.in and Aarogya Setu App where new beneficiaries will be registered.
Although booking for the vaccine will commence only after the state announces the dates for the 3rd phase vaccination drive which will be for those aged between 18 and 44 years.
Meanwhile, the Union Ministry of Health and Family Welfare (MOHFW) has announced 30,220 doses of vaccines for Nagaland 'free of cost' by the beginning of this month. And with all the rumors and fear for the vaccine, Nagaland has the high wastage of vaccines in the country with 4.13%.
But, even with the rumors subsiding and the fear slowly depleting, there are still a lot of citizens who are living in remote places that need to be educated about the benefits of the vaccines.
With regard to this, those people who are above the age of 18 are reminded and requested again to register themselves for the 3rd vaccination phase so that nobody gets left out and that no vaccines are wasted.
This may be the largest vaccination drive in the country and the tireless efforts of both the health and state officials are finally surfacing for the citizens of Nagaland to witness in all its glory.