Gangtok, May 29:
“It will take just 3 months to complete the Covid -19 vaccinations in Sikkim provided enough supply of vaccination to Sikkim”, shared Dr. Phumzay Denzongpa, Director RCH cum State Immunization Officer, Health and Family Welfare department, government of Sikkim while talking exclusively to Sikkim Review. Sikkim is traditionally always ahead as far as vaccination is concerned whether it is Pulse polio immunization, hepatitis, children vaccines HPV and now Covid -19 vaccine. In the year 2019, Sikkim was awarded with a Certificate and a medal for achieving 90% Full Immunization Coverage under the Intensified Mission Indradhanush (IMI) programme. Sikkim is among the 16 other districts of the country which has achieved 90% immunization coverage. Sikkim has always performed extraordinarily when vaccination is concerned and Sikkim is also the first state in the country to introduce the HPV vaccination programme to fight cervical cancer among women.
The main point behind dragging these achievements is that, if there is a good supply of vaccine then Sikkim can cover the vaccination process efficiently in a very short period of time but the problem at present is that, Sikkim has failed to get the desired number of vaccines because Sikkim being small state very less percentage of vaccinations were allotted by the Government of India and in first phase, Sikkim got only 10000 vaccines and hopefully Sikkim will get more in next distribution and would be able to bag more vaccines and the statement the
She also informed that Sikkim was supposed to 11000 vaccines from Government of India for 18 to 44 age category but the government has increased the number and in next batch, Sikkim will nearly get 15000 doses of vaccines for additional doses GOI has already sent an invoice and we will write confirmation letter on Monday shared Dr. Phumzay. She also shared that GOI is ready to send 31000 doses of free vaccines for 45 and above but due to inclement weather in Sikkim we have not brought it yet because a landslide may occur along the NH10 then it will be a problem so when the weather will be clear we will bring it. Must tell in earlier allocation Sikkim had received nearly 10000 doses of vaccines only.
While as far as present vaccination status is concerned, only eleven percent of Sikkim’s population have been fully vaccinated till date if we consider Sikkim’s population is 7 lakhs. Sikkim has administered 2.38 lakhs doses among which 1.78 lakhs have been administered with the first dose and only 59 thousand of the population has been administered with the second dose. This is good coverage as far as vaccination is concerned in just three months with a limited vaccine supply.