The third phase of the national vaccination programme against Covid-19 which is scheduled to begin on May 1 will be delayed in Meghalaya which is still waiting for the vaccines to arrive in the state.
Due to this, the Principal Secretary in-charge Health & Family Welfare department, Sampath Kumar has issued a statement on Wednesday wherein he said that the exact date of commencement of the vaccination will be notified in due course.
As per the announcement of the Union Government, COVID vaccination for adult beneficiaries above 18 years of age is scheduled to commence from May 1.
“The state has placed an order for an adequate number of vaccines with the Serum Institute of India, Pune and their delivery schedule is still awaited,” Kumar said.
According to him, this seems to be the case with most other states as well.
He however said online registration for vaccination will progress as planned.
“Residents in the 18-44 years age group are encouraged to actively register themselves for vaccination,” he said.
Stating that vaccination will happen only after online registration, he said that on the spot registration will not be permitted for the 18 – 44 years age group as per the existing orders.
Meanwhile, vaccination for already eligible priority groups i.e. healthcare workers, frontline workers and citizens above 45 years of age will continue as usual at the designated vaccination centres.