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Sanitation worker first to receive COVID-19 shot in J'khand

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Ranchi, Jan 16 (PTI) A sanitation worker was the first person to receive the COVID-19 jab in Jharkhand, as the vaccination drive began across the country on Saturday, with Chief Minister Hemant Soren expressing hope that India would soon tide over the crisis.

Mariyam Gudiya, an employee at Ranchi sadar hospital, received the shot in the presence of Soren, and other senior officials, one of whom said 48 vaccination centres have been set up in 24 districts of the state.

'A complete action plan for the drive has been prepared in Jharkhand, in line with the guidelines issued by the central government,' the chief minister said.

According to the health department, a total of 6,816 workers have been trained to administer vaccines to the people of the state, and 275 cold chains readied so far for storing the vials.

Arrangements have also been made to deal with emergency situations, in case anyone feels unwell after being given the dose, the department said.

Frontline health workers would receive the shot before others, and every vaccination centre would be attending to 100 such people at the 48 centres for the next few days, Principal Secretary of health department Nitin Madan Kulkarni said.

The second dose would be administered after 28 days.

'As many as 1.40 lakh health workers (private and government) have been registered on the 'Co-Win' portal for the first phase of the drive,' Kulkarni said.

The state, as of now, has received 1.62 lakh vials from Serum Institute if India in Pune, he said, adding that several army personnel would also be given the shot during the first phase. PTI IKD RMS RMS