West Bengal health official confirmed that the first consignment of 6.89 lakh Covishield vaccines arrived today in our state at 2:30 PM by a special cargo flight of Spicejet at Kolkata airport."
Darjeeling district Chief Medical Officer of Health, Dr. Pralay Acharya detailed, "One truck carrying Covishield vaccine for COVID-19 arrived at Siliguri on Wednesday. The vaccines have been stored at the principal storage point at the required temperature at North Bengal Medical College and Hospital. Those will be dispatched from the cold chain points to the vaccination facilities in the Darjeeling district and other districts of north Bengal. 18,000 doses have been allotted for the district”
The Home Department of West Bengal government on January 12 had tweeted, "These vaccines shall be stored at our Central Vaccines Store at Baghbazar and will be then transported to different districts for vaccination of health care workers as per priority," the tweet added. The COVID-19 vaccination drive will begin on January 16. "All preparations are on track for vaccine roll-out from January 16," he had said.