Shillong, May 2: Meghalaya does not have adequate booster doses.
Chief Minister Conrad Sangma told reporters on Tuesday that the state does not have enough booster doses for administering Covid-19 vaccination to all citizens..
“If you have to vaccinate everybody for booster shots then we would not have enough for everybody,” he said.
Conrad said these concerns are being taken up with the Government of India.
“But as of now, we have not got any indication of free vaccines”, he said.
He aIso said the booster doses will be administered to citizens on a payment basis.
“But we will take necessary steps to ensure if anybody wants to take the booster vaccination – because it is not made mandatory as such – we will make sure it is available.”, Conrad said.
As on Tuesday, the state has a total of 12 active Covid cases.
The chief minister said the government is working towards minimising the discomfort faced by the citizens due to load shedding.
Conrad said the state could not have the kind of scattered load shedding it normally has due to the election held this year. Normally, the state has 2-3 hours of load shedding from January to May.
“But this particular year, we could not do that and hence we are seeing the load of all the last three-four months from half of April and some part of May,” he said.
He indicated that the first round of the second phase of border talks will be decided soon. .
“I had a couple of telephonic conversations with my counterpart from Assam. We are working out the dates and hopefully we should be able to initiate the first talk within the month of May itself,” Sangma told reporters.
“However, it is a process and we cannot expect everything will happen in one day but at least in the initial part we will try our best,” he said.