Free Covid-19 vaccine for all above 18 years in Nagaland

Free Covid-19 vaccine for all above 18 years in Nagaland
Representational image of Covishield vaccine
DMAPUR, APR 27 (NPN) | Publish Date: 4/27/2021 12:50:31 PM IST

In an effort to ramp up the Covid-19 vaccination drive, Nagaland on Tuesday decided to provide free vaccination to all above 18 years in the State.

Informing this to media persons in Kohima, High Powered Committee (HPC) spokesperson on COVID-19 and adviser Mmhonlumo Kikon said: “The government of Nagaland in the cabinet meeting has decided to vaccinate all the citizens of Nagaland above 18 years free of cost! Thank you HCM@Neiphiu_Rio for this important decision!”

It may be noted that over 20 states, so far, have announced that they will provide free Covid-19 vaccines to their people. While some have made the coronavirus vaccine free for all, others have said that it will be free for people between the age of 18 to 45 only.

State receives 1 lakh doses of Covid vaccine
Ahead of the third phase of Covid vaccine drive starting from May 1, which will include beneficiaries aged between 18 to 44 years, Nagaland received 1 lakh doses of Covid-19 vaccines on April 26.
Informing this in a press note, state immunization officer (UIP), Dr. Ritu Thurr said that one lakh doses of Covishield vaccines were received from GMSD Kolkata. He further reminded all eligible to start registration for availing vaccine by visiting and Arogya Setu App, which will be open from April 28.
Beneficiaries should book appointments only after the state/department announces availability of vaccines and sessions are made available on CoWIN portal, he added.
Dr. Ritu said that the vaccine allocation to states/ UTs are based on three criteria-- a. performance (Seven- day rolling average of consumption), b. number of active Covid cases and c. vaccine wastage, as per CO-WIN data (including data base of covid-19 vaccines).
The vaccine doses to be made available to the states/UTs, will be communicated in advance to state/UTs for the next fortnightly. Based on the above criteria, State-wise quota would be decided and communicated to the States adequately in advance.

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