Along with the rest of India, Meghalaya will begin rolling out the Covid-19 vaccine from Saturday.
Health workers will be immunised in the first phase, with 16,000 to receive the Covishield vaccine that has been developed by the Serum Institute of India, Oxford University and AstraZeneca.
The vaccines, which arrived in the state on January 12, were stored at the Central Vaccine Store at Pasteur Institute and have now been disbursed around Meghalaya. The vaccines need storage at normal refrigerator temperatures.
The health workers will be vaccinated at 11 sites spread across nine districts of Meghalaya. In East Khasi Hills the vaccination drive will be conducted and NEIGRIHMS and Mawphlang Community Health Centre.
Nongstoiñ CHC (West Khasi Hills), Sutnga CHC and Pamra Paithlu (East Jaiñtia Hills), Wiliamnagar Civil Hospital (East Garo Hills), Holy Cross Hospital (West Garo Hills), Ampati Civil Hospital (South West Garo Hills), Resubelpara PHC (North Garo Hills), Jowai Civil Hospital (West Jaiñtia Hills) and Umsning CHC (Ri-Bhoi) are the locations in the state.
Prime Minister Narendra Modi will interact with stakeholders on the first day of the nationwide Covid-19 vaccine roll out on January 16 through video conferencing.
Governor of Meghalaya Satya Pal Malik, Chief Minister Conrad K Sangma and Health and Family Welfare Minister AL Hek will attend the programme.