Press release from CMO

Gangtok, January 11: The Hon’ble Chief Minister Shri Prem Singh Tamang attended a video conference called on by the Hon’ble Prime Minister, Shri Narendra Modi regarding the distribution of vaccines for COVID-19, today, along with the Chief Ministers and the representatives of all the States/UTs of India.

The vaccination process will commence from the 16th of January 2021. For the first phase, almost 3 crore individuals throughout the country consisting of health workers, frontline-warriors have registered.

The individuals representing the scientific community of the country briefed everyone about the vaccines. They informed that the vaccines are completely safe for use and have been formulated by following proper global guidelines. They explained that the vaccines are immunogenic and two doses will be required.

The Hon’ble Prime Minister stated this as the start of the largest vaccination drive in the world. He urged everyone to follow the SOPs and ensure that other health facilities and vaccinations will not be affected by the process. He emphasised on proper utilisation of the COWIN app for registration and providing real-time updates. The app will also serve as a reminder for individuals who have registered to be vaccinated. He also asserted on regulating rumours and fake information regarding the vaccine and directed all to create awareness among the citizens. He added that leaders, including himself, will be vaccinated in the second phase and asserted for the first phase to include only the health workers and frontline warriors.

Sikkim is fully prepared for administering the vaccine and have already finished dry runs throughout the State. The State has prepared proper logistics for transferring the vaccines and established more than 35 cold-chain points to store the vaccines under regulated temperature.

The State is at a decisive moment in the fight against COVID-19. The scientific community have successfully formulated vaccines within the country, setting a precedent for ‘Atmanirbhar Bharat’.

On behalf of Sikkim, the Chief Minister thanked and also congratulate the scientific community for a commendable job. He also extended gratitude towards the Hon’ble Prime Minister for his exemplary suggestions during the pandemic, and believed that under his able leadership, India will reach new milestones in the years to follow.

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