COVID-19 Vaccination: Northeast India joins world's largest vaccination drive

The eight states in Northeast India joined the rest of the country in the largest vaccination drive on Saturday.


Assam CM Sarbananda Sonowal launches vaccination drive at AMCH, Dibrugarh (PHOTO: Twitter)

As Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Saturday launched the much-awaited historic nationwide COVID-19 vaccination programme in India, the eight states in Northeast India joined the rest of the country in the world's largest inoculation drive.

In Assam, Chief Minister Sarbananda Sonowal launched the vaccination drive at the Assam Medical College and Hospital (AMCH) in Dibrugarh.

"Honoured to launch the #COVID19 vaccination drive at AMCH, Dibrugarh. Under the dynamic leadership of PM Shri @narendramodi Ji, the nation today is undergoing the #LargestVaccineDrive and it will empower us to fight coronavirus with renewed vigour and defeat it," the chief minister tweeted.

Assam Health Minister Himanta Biswa Sarma joined the vaccination drive at the Gauhati Medical College and Hospital (GMCH) in Guwahati.

"Glorious Day! Following the Grand vision of Hon PM Sri @narendramodi, the ambitious #COVID19Vaccination drive has started in #Assam today, along with rest of India. Glad to join it at GMCH," Sarma tweeted.

In Manipur, Chief Minister N Biren launched the COVID-19 vaccination drive at the Jawaharlal Nehru Institute of Medical Sciences (JNIMS), Imphal. The first beneficiary of the vaccination in Manipur is an attendant at JNIMS, from Khurai in Imphal East.
 
At least 10 top health professionals in the state were goven the vaccination on day one. A total of 9,617 healthcare workers of the state will be vaccinated at 10 sites across the state in the first phase, Biren said.

In Nagaland, Chief Minister Neiphiu Rio launched the COVID-19 vaccination drive at the Naga Hospital Authority Kohima.

"Attended launch of pan-India rollout of COVID19 #vaccination drive by @narendramodi ji via VC. Also launched #COVID19Vaccine for Nagaland. As we join the country in the world’s largest vaccination prog., I hope it'll be the beginning of restoring communities to wholeness and health," CM Rio tweeted.

Dr Sentimeren Aonok, Consultant at Naga Hospital Authority Kohima, was the first recipient of COVID-19 vaccine in Kohima.

In Meghalaya, the vaccination drive is being conducted at 10 sites.

Chief Minister Conrad Sangma was present at the NEIGRIMS Hospital in Shillong during the vaccination drive. The chief minister said over 832 healthcare workers will be administered the Covishield vaccine.

"As PM @narendramodi launched the #LargestVaccineDrive, visited NEIGRIMS Hospital, Shillong which is 1 of the 10 sites in #Meghalaya that will conduct the vaccination drive. Over 832 healthcare workers will be administered the #Covishield vaccine in our State," Sangma tweeted.

In Mizoram, Health Minister Dr R Lalthangliana launched the vaccination drive at Aizawl Civil Hospital. The first vaccine was given to a healthcare staff in  Aizawl Civil Hospital.

In Sikkim, Chief Minister PS Tamang launched the vaccination drive at STNM hospital, Gangtok. The first recipient of COVID19 vaccine in Sikkim was Dr Suresh Madan Rasaily, Head of Department of Medicine in STNM hospital and nodal officer of Clinical Excellence of COVID19 hospital.

In Arunachal Pradesh, Chief Minister Pema Khandu launched the vaccination drive at KDS district Hospital, Tawang.

The chief minister said that the COVID vaccine is being administered to 900 beneficiaries all over the state in the first phase.

"Arunachal is elated to join with rest of the nation in the launch of world’s largest #COVID19 vaccination drive. The vaccine is being administered to 900 beneficiaries all over the State in the first phase. Attended one such launching drive at District Hospital of Tawang today," Khandu tweeted.

In Tripura, Chief Minister Biplab Kumar Deb launched the drive at Gandhigram primary health centre in a virtual function. The drive is being conducted at 15 immunisation centres across the state.

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First Published:Jan. 16, 2021, 3:48 p.m.

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