Manipur CM takes first jab of COVID vaccine
Manipur Chief Minister N. Biren Singh, on Sunday, took the first jab of COVID vaccine at Jawaharlal Nehru Institute of Medical Sciences (JNIMS) Hospital in Imphal East District.
After receiving the vaccine, the chief minister said that he did not experience any adverse effect while also appealing to citizens above 45 years to get inoculated and extend support to the Government’s efforts towards preventing the second wave of COVID-19.
Apart from the CM, Deputy Chief Minister Y. Joykumar, Works Minister Th. Biswajit, Rajya Sabha MP Maharaja Sanajaoba Leishemba and Manipur Pollution Control Board Chairperson L. Radhakishore also took the first dose of the vaccine, on Sunday.
Singh, who also launched the four-day long Tika Utsav (vaccination festival), said, “After witnessing a remarkable fall in the past few months, Manipur is now experiencing a steady rise of active cases in the past few days.”
He added that the latest positive cases are being detected at Imphal Airport and key entry points like Mao and Jiribam.
“Prime Minister Narendra Modi also enquired me, on Sunday, about the present COVID-19 situation of the State over the phone and had instructed me to manage the pandemic by announcing micro containment zones instead of clamping total lockdowns,” added the chief minister.
Singh also said that no adverse effect, due to the vaccine, had been reported in the State so far, except for a couple of mild cases.
He appealed to the media to include the medical history of the patients as well while reporting about the cases of adverse effects.