Kerala gets first vaccine consignment of 4.33 lakh doses

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Thiruvananthapuram, Jan 13 (PTI): The first consignment of 4.33 lakh doses of Covishield vaccine to combat COVID-19 was airlifted to Kerala on Wednesday from the Pune- based Serum Institute of India.

While the first flight carrying the vaccine reached Kochi's Nedumbassery airport at 10.15 am, another set of vaccines reached Thiruvananthapuram later this evening.

Health minister K K Shailaja said the state has received 4,33,500 doses of vaccine.

While 1,80,000 doses were sent to the Regional vaccine store at Ernakulam, 1,19,500 doses were sent to Kozhikode Regional and 1,34,000 doses to Thiruvananthapuram regional vaccine centre, a press release from the minister's office said.

Of the total vaccine received, 1,100 doses would be sent to Mahe, which is an enclave of Puducherry and lies between Kozhikode and Kannur districts.

The vaccine would be distributed to 133 centres across the state.

As many as 3,68,866 people have registered for the vaccination drive, which will commence from January 16.