Kerala gets first Covishield vaccine consignment from Pune-based Serum Insititute of India

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The second flight carrying the vaccine is expected to reach Thiruvananthapuram international airport this afternoon.

 

Three days ahead of the nationwide inoculation drive against Covid-19, the first consignment of Covidshield vaccine from Pune-based Serum Insititute of India arrived at the Cochin international airport on Wednesday.

According to the official report, the Go Air flight carrying the vaccine for Ernakulam and Kozhikode landed at the airport at 10.35 am. 

As per the report, special refrigerated vans were arranged to transport the vaccine safely to the respective centres.

The second flight carrying the vaccine is expected to reach Thiruvananthapuram international airport this afternoon.

National Health Mission sources said of the 4.33 lakh doses of the vaccine, 1,100 would be sent to Mahe, which is an enclave of Puducherry and lies between Kozhikode and Kannur districts.

The vaccine will be stored in the Regional vaccine centres at Kochi, Thiruvananthapuram and Kozhikode from where it would be distributed to 133 centres across the state.

Earlier,  Kerala Health Minister K K Shailaja had said that Thiruvananthapuram will receive 1,34,000 doses of the vaccine, Ernakulam and Kozhikode will receive 1,80,000 and 1,19,500 doses respectively.

Serum Institute of India (SII) has received a purchase order from the Government of India for 11 million doses of Covishield vaccine, which would be available at the price of Rs 200 per dose, SII officials had said on Monday.

The first phase of the COVID-19 vaccination drive in the country is starting from January 16. So far, 3,62,870 people have registered themselves for the vaccination.

Around 3 crore healthcare workers and frontline workers will be vaccinated in the first phase of vaccination.

In the second phase, those above 50 years and those under 50 years with co-morbid conditions will be vaccinated.

 

With inputs from PTI

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