Port Blair: The health department of Andaman and Nicobar Islands has initiated the vaccination for pregnant women in the far-flung Islands.
Setting an example for pregnant ladies in the Islands to follow suit, Mrs Avinash Kaur, an eight-month expectant mother, R/o Junglighat received her first dose of COVISHIELD vaccine at the JNRM vaccination centre on Monday.
Sharing her experience after being administered the vaccine, Mrs Kaur said she was feeling well.
Meanwhile, vaccine shortage continues to haunt Andaman and Nicobar Islands.
While Andaman and Nicobar Islands still require 3,00,000 vaccine doses to complete the vaccination process in the UT, as per highly placed sources at present release order for only 1570 vaccine doses have been prepared for Andaman and Nicobar Islands for 18+ age group of people, in coming days.
However, it is learnt that 20,000 doses have been already sanctioned for Andaman but these Islands are not given due priority by the vaccine company.
At present Andaman and Nicobar Islands have nearly 30,000 other vaccine doses for the second dose, which is reserved for 45+ age group of people.
The only good news for Andaman is that the administering of the 1st dose of vaccination to the eligible beneficiaries (45+) in A&N Islands has almost reached saturation level.
The Health data reveals that as of July 5, a total of 1,91,102 beneficiaries have been vaccinated in A&N Islands, out of the target beneficiaries of 2,81,603 (approx.). On Monday, 5082 people were vaccinated in A&N Islands. A total of 54,008 eligible people in the age group of 18 to 44 years have been vaccinated to date.
On Monday, 2868 beneficiaries were vaccinated in South Andaman District, out of which, 326 were in the age group of 18-44 years.
In the North & Middle Andaman District, 1448 beneficiaries were vaccinated. In Nicobar District, 766 beneficiaries were vaccinated, out of which, 308 were in the age group of 18-44 years.