Imphal,Aug 31: Jiribam district in Manipur bordering Assam's Cachar district becomes the first district to achieve 100 per cent vaccination with first dose against Covid 19 in the border state, officials said. There are 16 districts in the State.
Confirming this, Deputy Commissioner W Malemnganba Chenglei of Jiribam district in a press release on Monday, said there are 27,392 electors in the district as per 2001 electoral rolls.
"A total of 27,429 eligible residents have been vaccinated. All eligible residents of the district except Covid positive patients and seriously ill persons have been vaccinated with the first dose," it said.
Vaccination against Covid 19 started in Manipur on January 16 this year. But in Jiribam district, it was started on February 9 initially covering healthcare workers and frontline workers. Later it was extended to persons even 18 years of age.
Subsequently Jakuradhor Gram Panchayat became the first Gram Panchayat in the state to achieve 100 per cent vaccination on August 3 while the Jiribam district achieved 100 vaccination with the first dose against the Covid 19 on August 29,it added.
As per latest official reports available, the North Eastern state has so far given 15,19,826 doses of Covid vaccines including 11,85,319 first and 3,34,507 second doses to the residents.
A total of 6,05,525 first doses and 41,887 second dose of Covid vaccine were given to people between 18-44 years and 2,91,080 first doses and 1,25,949 second doses to people between 45-59 years besides 1,46,715 first doses and 65,696 second doses to people above 60 years till date, as per latest vaccination report available here.
Commenting on the present vaccination trend in the state, the state Chief Minister N Biren Singh in a Facebook post on August 29, wrote, "COVID vaccination is very encouraging in our State. Till yesterday more than 15 lakh people have been vaccinated with 1st doses and around 11 lakhs with 2nd doses. From today, school and college teachers will be given priority. Pls get vaccinated to stay safe from the COVID pandemic."