Chief minister Himanta Biswa Sarma flagged off 15 vans, which will go to districts like Kokrajhar, Baksa and Bajali. “Nearly 1.91 crore people were covered under the vaccination process, as 1.5 crore people have already received their first dose,” Sarma said. He also asked the health department to intensify the drive so that those eligible can come under the vaccination coverage, at least the first dose, by October 30.
Sarma also inaugurated a vaccination centre on the premises of the interstate bus terminus at Betkuchi here on Wednesday. After the reopening of the inter-district and inter-state transportation service, it has become mandatory to bring passengers under total vaccination. The vaccination centre has been opened by the state health and family welfare department with the help of the National Health Mission. Passengers coming to Guwahati without the first jab would be inoculated.
The Union health ministry recently asked the states to focus on the 60+ age group as the coverage of both the doses in this category is unsatisfactory in Assam, Manipur, Arunachal Pradesh, Nagaland and Meghalaya.
In Assam, out of the 2.31 crore estimated 18+ population, 1.92 crore (1,92,46,986) vaccine doses have been administered till date and around 1.57 crore (1,57,45,819) have received the first dose. But only around 35 lakh (35,01,167) have got the second jab. Though a significant population in the urban centres has been vaccinated, in the interior rural areas, a vast population is still without the vaccine shield.
State health minister Keshab Mahanta, Guwahati development and urban development minister Ashok Singhal, chairman Assam State Transport Corporation Ashok Bhatta Roy, mission director, NHM, Dr S. Lakshmanan, nodal officer of Covid vaccination, Munindra Ngatey, and other senior officers were present during the event.