Kohima, April 27 (NEx): Nagaland to vaccinate all citizens above 18-years free of cost from May 01, 2021, informed Government Spokesperson and Advisor IT&C, Mmhonlumo Kikon on Tuesday, April 27, 2021. The decision was taken during the State Cabinet meeting held today in Kohima, Kikon added.
Kikon informed that a total of 1,86,350 vaccines have been administered in the State so far and that Nagaland has a high rate of minimal wastage usage of the vaccine as compared to other States in the Country. There is no shortage of vaccines in the State, he further added.
It is pertinent to note that on April 20, 2021, the Government of India opened up vaccination against coronavirus for everyone above the age of 18 years from 1st May, 2021. This would be the third phase of the vaccination drive across the country, it informed.
Phase-I of the National COVID -19 Vaccination Strategy was launched on 16th January 2021, prioritizing protection of Health Care Workers (HCWs) and Front Line Workers (FLWs).
As systems and processes stabilized, Phase-II was initiated from 1st March 2021, focusing on protecting the most vulnerable i.e. all people above 45 years of age, accounting for more than 80% COVID mortality in the country.
During the state cabinet meeting today, it was also decided to issue new consolidated guidelines enforcing stricter rules to combat COVID-19 surge in the state with effect from April 30th to May 14th, 2021, Kikon informed.
The Government will issue fresh guidelines on April 29, 2021 which will come into effect from April 30, 2021, he added.