Ladakh troops to also get the vaccine starting January 16, frontline troops to get priority
Troops posted in Ladakh will be among the first to get vaccinated against the Covid-19 virus as the national plan goes underway from January 16, with officials saying that vaccine centers are fully geared for mass inoculations, with frontline troops to be given top priority.
The first soldiers to get the vaccine in Ladakh are likely to be medical staff consisting of doctors and paramedics, followed by soldiers deployed to forward locations as more doses become available. For January 16 — the first day of the national roll out — the army has secured 3,820 doses for soldiers posted in Ladakh.
Officials said that detailed plans have been put in place to ensure that soldiers get the vaccinations as soon as possible. The plan involves vaccinating armed forces medical responders first, followed by troops posted at sensitive areas along the border.
In the run up to the vaccination process, military formations were asked to draw up plans for a priority list of vaccinations, which will now be followed. “Soldiers in Ladakh will get the first dose of the vaccine along with civilian medical responders on Saturday,” an official told ET.
In most military stations, vaccination centres have been notified and dry runs have been conducted to ensure maximum efficiency. Services have also drawn up internal priority lists, with troops deployed at close proximity postings likely to get the first doses.