The Vaccination hesitancy has been a concern in Meghalaya because among 91.4% of those who lost their lives due to Covid-19 infection were not vaccinated.
Most of the Covid deaths reported during May in East Khasi Hills shows that of the 345 deaths, 319 victims had not been vaccinated at all. Only 26 had taken the first dose while there were zero deaths among those who have received both doses.
There were 275 persons with co-morbidities, 61 without co-morbidities and nine whose health status is unknown.
Talking to media persons, Principal Secretary Health, Sampath Kumar said, “Vaccination is the only scientific solution for us to protect ourselves from this pandemic. Until everyone gets vaccinated we cannot and should not bring down the containment measures especially of wearing masks and physical distancing at all times, apart from hand hygiene and other SOPs.”
He said, “An urgent attitude change among the citizens is necessary and they should go for viccination. This message has to aggressively go out to the districts through the Deputy Commissioners of every district.”
Kumar informed that war rooms have been set up at the Block levels and VECs and SHGs are being mobilised through the Community and Rural Development Department.