Dharamshala: January 16, 2021, marked the beginning of the world’s largest vaccination drive for COVID-19 in India. Prime Minister Modi of India in his inaugural address emphasised that every individual should continue with COVID appropriate behavior to fight this pandemic.
Various Frontline Healthcare workers from Tibetan health care centers across India have started to get the vaccination. On 18th January 2021, Nine Tibetan Frontline Healthcare workers of Delek Hospital and one from the Department of Health, CTA became the first Tibetan batch to get the first shot of the Covid-19 vaccine at Zonal Hospital, Dharamsala.
Thereafter Health care workers and front liners of Tibetan health care centers at, Mundgod, Odisha, Bir, and Miao received the vaccination.
A total of 81 Healthcare Frontline workers of Mundgod DTR Hospital, Ganden Jangtse, and Loseling Hospital got their first shot on 20th January 2021 at Pala Primary Health Centre.
On 21st January 2021, 10 Frontline workers of Miao hospital and 11 health workers of Odisha, Menlha hospital got vaccinated at Miao Community Healthcare Centre and Chandragiri, Community Health Center respectively. And 11 Frontline Healthcare workers of TPHC Bir received their first shot at Bir Community Health Centre on 22nd January 2021.
As per protocol, all were kept under close observation for 30 minutes after receiving their first shot. Mild side effects were reported from few recipients which resolved within days. Their second vaccination will be done after 28 days from the first shot.
The Health Department, CTA with Tibetan Settlement Officers are constantly putting in their efforts to make the vaccine available to more number of Tibetans.
The Department of Health, CTA urges every Tibetan to continue masking, Social distancing, hand hygiene to protect self and community. We thank and congratulate the Government of India on this huge initiative to curb the pandemic.