COVID-19 VACCINATION BEGINS IN SIKKIM120 health workers get Covishield shots on first day

Summit Report

Gangtok, 16 Jan:

Sikkim joined the nation in the launch of COVID-19 vaccination on Saturday with 120 health workers of the state receiving their first dose of the Covishield shots. Prime Minister Narendra Modi launched the pan-India rollout of COVID-19 vaccination drive through video conferencing from New Delhi this morning, which was also attended by the Chief Minister PS Tamang at Ayush Hospital of STNM hospital complex.

The CM was accompanied by Health Minister, Dr MK Sharma, Health Department Principal Secretary, K Srinivasulu and Health Department DG-cum-Secretary, Dr Pempa T Bhutia among other dignitaries.

After the Prime Minister launched the vaccine, the Chief Minister launched COVID vaccination drive for Sikkim from a vaccination room set up at Ayush Hospital, STNM Hospital complex. Head of Department, Medicine of STNM hospital, Dr Suresh M Rasaily was the first health worker to receive the COVID vaccine in the State.

It is informed that two vaccination sites have been set up for COVID vaccination in the State; Ayush Hospital in STNM hospital in East District and Gyalshing District Hospital in West District.

As per official sources, 100 were registered for vaccination at STNM hospital, of whom 90 were vaccinated on the first day: Doctors- 23, Nursing and paramedic staffs- 48, Sanitary Attendants- 07, Drivers-07, Medical Attended - 03 and Security Guards – 02.

Meanwhile 30 out of the 40 registered at Gyalshing District Hospital were vaccinated today [Doctors- 11, Nurses - 04, Paramedical Staffs - 05, Drivers - 04, Medical & Sanitary Attendants - 02 and Field workers (ASHA) - 04].

Speaking to media persons after the launch of the COVID vaccination process, the CM expressed his wishes to the people of Sikkim and the nation on the launch of the COVID vaccination.

Responding to media queries on the vaccination of Ministers and legislators, the CM expressed that health workers and frontline workers of Sikkim would be covered first in the vaccination drive as they are directly exposed to the COVID-19 threat.

“Health and frontline workers have been working hard day and night in this pandemic situation by staying away from their families and dedicating their life in the service to the people so the first phase of vaccination will cover them,” he said.

He added that even in the next phase, only legislators above the age of 50 years and those below 50 years with comorbidities will be vaccinated.

On allegations by the opposition that the government was tardy in COVID management, the CM said that Sikkim has done exemplary work in COVID management. Number of mortalities in the state is low since most of those who died had comorbidities, he added.

The opposition only wants to criticize the government and ignore the good work it has done, said the CM.

Responding to another query, the CM said that if the centre took the decision that the State government should buy vaccines for other phases the State would buy the vaccines for every person in the State. The first batch of 12,500 doses of Covishield was provided free of cost by the centre.

He also appealed to the people of Sikkim not to get misguided by rumours and misinformation on COVID vaccination.