The first consignment of COVID-19 vaccine arrived at the Cochin International Airport, Nedumbassery about 10.45 a.m. on Wednesday. The flight arrived about 15 minutes ahead of the schedule of 11 a.m. earlier announced by the airport authorities. COVID-19 vaccines being transported from Cochin airport to various locations in Kerala on Wednesday.
The consignment comprises of over 4.33 lakh doses of Covishield vaccine for Ernakulam district and Kozhikode district. The transfer of the vaccines for its onward journey was completed in 10 minutes. The consignment arrived by GoAir G8 347 flight from Mumbai, airport sources said. The parcel of vaccine comprised 1.8 lakh doses for Ernakulam and 1.19 lakh doses for Kozhikode. Vaccine for Kozhikode will be taken by road. Health authorities had said that all arrangements have been made to receive the vaccines and dispatch them to the centres concerned. The consignment meant for Ernakulam will be taken to the Regional Vaccine Store of the Ernakulam General Hospital in the city. The consignments will be sent to the neighbouring district by afternoon. The vaccine was packed in 15 temperature controlled boxes. So far, 3,62,870 people have registered themselves for the vaccination,which will commence from January 16.