Kerala Health minister, 2 cabinet colleagues take first dose of COVID-19 vaccine

Kerala Health minister, 2 cabinet colleagues take first dose of COVID-19 vaccine

(Adding Shailaja”s quotes)
Thiruvananthapuram, Mar 2 (PTI) Kerala Health Minister
K K Shailaja on Tuesday received the first dose of the
COVID-19 vaccine at the government medical college hospital
here as the second phase of the vaccination drive progressed
in the State.

While Revenue minister E Chandrasekharan received the
jab from the vaccination centre at the same hospital,Minister
of Ports and Museums Kadannappally Ramachandran got the shot
from a hospital in his home district, Kannur.

Urging everyone to take part in the vaccination drive,
64-year-old Shailaja later said the initiative was going on
smoothly in the state.

Chief Minister Pinarayi Vijayan and other cabinet
colleagues informed they would take the vaccine in the coming
days, the minister said.

“So far, four lakh people have been vaccinated in the
state. No serious side effect has been reported so far,”
Shailaja said.

Over 1000 centres have already been set up in various
districts across the state for people to take the jab, she

Apart from this, a mass vaccination centre was set up
in Thiruvanathapuram recently on an experimental basis.

The possibility of similar mass centres would also be
looked into in the coming days so that more people can get
vaccinated at the same time, she said.

To get vaccinated, everyone should register at the
prescribed portal beforehand and the shot should be taken on a
priority basis.

Barring a slight technical issue while registering,
there were no other hurdles reported in Kerala in connection
with the registration, the minister added.

Urging people to take the second dose also without
any fail after 28 days, Shailaja said they should not assume
that they would be immune after receiving the first dose.

Immunity would be achieved only 14 days after that,
she said, adding people should be vigilant till then.

Stating that the state”s fight against COVID-19 was
progressing in a scientific manner, she said though the viral
infection was first reported in the country in Kerala, its
peak was last seen here.

In other states, the death toll rose sharply as the
graph scaled up.

“At the same time, the mortality rate in Kerala is
still 0.4 per cent,” she added. PTI LGK

Disclaimer :- This story has not been edited by Bollyinsidestaff and is auto-generated from news agency feeds. Source: PTI

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