Shillong, January 11, 2021(MMP): Meghalaya, a small state in the North Eastern Region, which is willing to give a try the use of Covid-19 vaccines in the state has prepared a list of 100 health workers, each from 11 places for the Covid-19 vaccination drive.
This will be done ahead of the nationwide rollout of Covid-19 vaccine from the 16th of this month. This was disclosed by Meghalaya Health and Family Welfare Principal Secretary, Sampath Kumar. The health ministry held a virtual meeting on Sunday with states and Union territories on the CoWIN software, an online platform for monitoring Covid19 vaccine delivery.
The Covid19 vaccination drive will start with priority given to around three crore healthcare workers and frontline workers in the country. This will be followed by voluntary vaccination of those above 50 years of age and under-50 population groups with co-morbidities numbering around 27 crore.
Emergency use authorisation or accelerated approval has been granted by the national regulator for two vaccines (Covishield and Covaxin), which have established safety and immunogenicity. Covaxin has been manufactured and developed by Bharat Biotech while Covishield has been developed by AstraZeneca and Oxford University and is being manufactured by Pune-based Serum Institute of India.MMP