Like in the rest of the country, the vaccination programme that kick started in Sikkim on Saturday was supported by the CoWIN app that facilitates online entry of the beneficiaries, individualized tracking of beneficiaries and real time updates for the vaccine.
The Sikkim CM reminded people of the state that two doses of the vaccine are manadatory. Experts have said that there should be a minimum gap of 28 days between vaccinations. The CM also informed that the vaccination programme would continue in a phase wise manner wherein all the people of the state would be incorporated.
Dr. Suresh Madan Rasaily a leading medical authority of the state who also heads the medicine department at STNM Hospital was administered the first dose of the vaccine, followed by other health care workers and professionals. An observation room has also been set up wherein the vaccinated people are kept for half an hour.
As per the information received from the health department, a total of 120 people were vaccinated on the first day. It is also informed that there was not a single adverse case.
The Sikkim CM also reminded people of the state that two doses of the vaccine are manadatoryIn Sikkim the first group of beneficiaries to receive the vaccine is the health care workers.
The second group will have front line workers that include state and Central Police personnel, Armed Forces personnel, home guards, civil defence personnel , disaster management volunteers, municipal workers, prison staff and revenue workers involved in containment and surveillance.
The third group shall essentially be people above 50 years and people below 50 years with co morbidities.
Subsequently, the vaccine shall be made available to the general population. The Sikkim Government had received 12,500 doses of vaccine on 14th January.