Tura, Jan 16: As part of the nationwide launch of Covid-19 Vaccination across the country, the District Level Covid-19 Vaccination was launched simultaneously at Holy Cross Hospital, Walbakgre, Tura which was chosen for the launch of the vaccine today wherein 100 numbers of medical officers and staff were vaccinated on the first day.
In Tura, the first shot of the vaccine was received by the DMCHO, Tura Dr. Ivonne M Sangma along with the District Medical & Health Officer, West Garo Hills, Tura Dr. Marwin R Sangma and Medical Officers and staff of Holy Cross Hospital, Tura.
Speaking on the occasion, Deputy Commissioner West Garo Hills, Ram Singh informed that the first phase of the rollout of the World’s largest Covid vaccination drive was finally launched and unlike in other routine immunization, the Covid-19 Vaccine is well-coordinated and is being done on a digital platform in which the database is being uploaded since from the time of registration of names up to administering the vaccine and booster doses within 28 days after which the certificate will be issued online. Lauding the effort of the experts in making the vaccine available within a short time, he said that people were expecting that it would take 2 to 3 years for the vaccine to be ready. However, he advised everyone to continue to follow covid protocols even after vaccination.
Meanwhile, he also thanked all the public leaders for their presence and constant support and the Bishop for providing the largest Corona Care Centre in the district during the time of crisis including the medical officers and staff for their selfless service and dedication by providing necessary medical care and treatment to the patients in the district.
The DMCHO, West Garo Hills Tura Dr, Ivonne M Sangma informed that the West Garo Hills District has received 6180 doses of Covishield vaccine and 4999 target health care workers as uploaded in the portal including medical officers from para-military forces would be vaccinated in the first phase. She also mentioned that the vaccine was manufactured by Oxford University of England and Astra Zeneca for Covid-19 and produced by Serum Institute of India in Pune. Further, she also informed the detailed procedure of vaccination process where a person has to show his or her identity proof to the security officer and then wash hands and proceed to waiting room. The vaccinator officer 2 will check and sent them to the vaccinating room where they will be verified through Co-win application which already has a registered name after which they will be vaccinated and then move to observation room for half an hour which is mandatory and vaccination process has to be done by following all Covid-19 protocols.
Earlier, during the launching of the vaccine Bishop Emiretus Bishop George Mamalasery led the gathering into prayer before administering the vaccine and the speech of the Prime Minister of India Narendra Modi of the Nation-wide launching of the vaccine was also live telecast during the program.
The District Medical and Health Officer, West Garo Hills, Dr. Marwin R Sangma, Joint Director, Garo Hills Region Dr Menakshi A Sangma, World Health Organisation Representative Dr. Neeraj Singh, Auxilary Bishop of Tura, Bishop C J Jose, Medical Officers and staff were among others present during the launching program.