Shillong, Jan 22: Around 2,000 BSF personnel in Meghalaya were administered with booster doses of the Covid-19 vaccines.
“We have so far administered booster doses to 1,988 of the over 10,000 BSF personnel in the state,” said a doctor from the BSF hospital on Saturday.
The BSF official said the vaccination drive for booster doses will be an ongoing process as part of the measures adopted by the BSF to tackle the third wave of the COVID-19 pandemic.
When asked, the doctor said the BSF has only 40 active cases.
The BSF was hit badly during the first and second wave of the COVID-19 where most of its campuses were declared as containment zones.
Earlier, BSF DIG (PRO) Parvin Bakshi (in picture) highlighted the role of the BSF in helping the border population during the pandemic.
He said amidst the COVID pandemic last year, the BSF Meghalaya adhered to all the protocols obligated by state and central governments, like establishing quarantine centres, following preventive measures and vaccinating BSF as well as civil persons.
He said the BSF had gone extra mile beyond the call of duty, be it during COVID-19 by distributing food and essential items to the border population in collaboration with NGOs and donation of plasma of convalescent recovered BSF personnel at NEIGRIHMS which was appreciated by the Ministry of Home Affairs (MHA) and later followed by other forces.
“Our medical facilities at various BOPs have also played a vital role in providing immediate treatment to persons in need,” he said.
Bakshi said BSF Meghalaya Frontier ensured 100% double dose vaccination to its healthcare workers and 99.89% front line workers. BSF also vaccinated family members, retirees and other civilians as per the instruction.
The plasma donation by BSF personnel at NEIGRIHMS was appreciated by MHA and state authorities.
Highlighting that the fight against 3rd wave of COVID is still going on, the DIG PRO said owing to the advent of Omicron variant and probability of 3rd wave of COVID, booster dose and vaccination for 15 to 18 years age group also commenced at composite hospital Shillong.