Sikkim Governor Ganga Prasad along with his wife Kamla Devi received the first dose of COVID-19 vaccine at the STNM Hospital in Gangtok on Wednesday.

Prasad, 81, spent half-an-hour at the hospital under the supervision of the doctors before he and his wife left for the Raj Bhavan, officials said.

The Governor extended his gratitude to the doctors, nurses and health workers for successfully implementing the vaccination drive, he also urged all eligible Sikkimese to come forward for the vaccination.

The vaccine is safe and everyone should take it when their chance comes, state Health Minister Mani Kumar Sharma quoted the governor as saying.