Arunachal Pradesh is gearing up for first phase of COVID-19 vaccination.

The East Siang district administration has identified 1362 healthcare workers from both Government and private institutions, who will be administered Covid-19 vaccine dose in the first phase of vaccination drive.

This was informed by deputy commissioner Dr Kinny Singh during a meeting of the ‘District Task Force on Covid-19’ at the Siang guest house on Thursday.

Singh said advance planning and preparation would be necessary considering the magnitude of the vaccination drive.

The entire exercise would be taken up in a phase-wise manner.

The East Siang Deputy Commissioner also said that personnel of the State and central police forces, armed forces, home guard and civil defense organizations including disaster management volunteers and municipal workers etc would be vaccinated in the second phase.

Persons above the age of fifty years would be vaccinated in the third phase which would be followed by the vaccination of those below fifty years and with associated comorbidities, she added.

Singh further appealed all not to spread fake information and rumours about the vaccination and instead, disseminate the right information to make the mission smooth and successful.

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In Itanagar too a similar meeting of the District Task Force on COVID-19 was also held at the state capital on Thursday during which Itanagar Capital Region deputy commissioner Komkar Dulom urged the stakeholders concerned to start making preparations to facilitate the vaccination drive.

The DC asked the Capital district medical officer Dr Mandip Perme to ensure all relevant data in regards to the vaccination drive are collected within the timeline and as per the guideline.

He also urged the stakeholders to cooperate with each other so as to ensure that the whole process is completed smoothly.

At Yupia, Papum Pare deputy commissioner Pige Ligu on Thursday chaired a meeting of the district task force for immunization (DFTI) at his office here during which the district’s preparedness for Covid-19 vaccination was discussed at length.

Highlighting the importance of the meeting, Ligu asked all the stakeholders to cooperate with the district administration in completing the preparedness for the vaccination drive and instructed the district medical officer to ensure that all cold chain points and manpower deployment are done as per the timeline.

The DC also emphasized on collecting relevant data in a pragmatic manner and as per the guidelines.


Damien Lepcha is Northeast Now Correspondent in Arunachal Pradesh. He can be reached at: