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Sweeper receives Jamshedpur’s first COVID-19 vaccine shot at MGM Medical College


Jamshedpur,Jan 16: A 50 year old sweeper at MGM Medical College in Dimna was given the first COVID-19 vaccine as the East Singhbhum administration began its mass vaccination drive here on Saturday. The drive for Covid-19 kicked off here at the MGM Medical College in Dimna following the inaugural speech of Prime Minister Narendra Modi that was made through video-conferencing at about 11 am on Saturday.

The sweeper posted at the medical college, Alice Biswas Banra was the first health worker to be vaccinated whereas the principal of the medical college, BK Barla was the first doctor to get the vaccine among the 100 persons who were administered Covishield there.

According to officials, in all 49 doctors and 51 other health workers, including nursing, para-medics and sweepers were administered the vaccines and were allowed to go from an observation room where they had to remain for 30 minutes after the vaccination.

“I am really happy to get the Covid-19 vaccine. From now I will be much confident to perform my duties. I am quite normal now after getting the vaccine,” said Alice, a mother of two sons.

The principal Barla also said that there was no uneasiness after getting the vaccination. “We have given a message of confidence about the Covishield vaccine and none of my medical fraternity has any suspicion or fear about it,” said the medical college principal.

District civil surgeon, RN Jha who monitored the vaccination drive at both MGM Medical College as well as Tata Main Hospital, said 70 persons were vaccinated  at medical college by 4 pm and 50 persons were vaccinated at the private-run health hub Tata Main Hospital by the same time, expressing his hope that by 7 pm all the 200 persons will have been vaccinated at both the places.  

“It is matter of great satisfaction that the vaccination has marked our entry in the critical last leg of our fight against COVID-19. We intend to vaccinate 8,000 persons in the first drive,” said another official.

DC Suraj Kumar interacted and took feedback from those who were immunised on the first day. “We will further spread the number of centres. This is a good beginning for us. A long wait finally comes to end with the vaccination programme. We are taking cooperation from doctors and health workers, who have worked hard for the past 10 months for the success of the current vaccination programme,” he said.

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