Considering the huge demand for the second dose and also the pending first dose, the state health department has proposed to observe the mega vaccination day on September 17, which the government said is ‘incidentally the birthday of the Prime Minister’.
“We do have the potential capability to vaccinate up to 8 lakh people in a day, provided we make detailed micro-plan and efficiently execute the same in all the CVCs (Covid vaccination centres). With the active cooperation of the people, Assam has been steadfastly ensuring public safety from Covid through planned and coordinated vaccination campaigns,” said Assam NHM director Lakshmanan S.
Health department officials said that considering vaccine availability, Assam can vaccinate a maximum of 4.75 lakh beneficiaries in a single day but the health department has set an even bigger target. As of September 10, Assam has completed 1.97 crore vaccination, with 1.61 crore first dose and 36 lakh second dose. During the last mega vaccination campaign from June 21 to 23, around 9.75 lakh people in Assam were vaccinated, most of whom are due for their second dose from September 14 onwards (84 days for Covishield).
In order to achieve the target of 8 lakh, including 2 lakh first dose and 6 lakh second dose, all districts have been asked to set up a minimum 4,000 CVCs across the state. District wise, each CVC will have a daily target of 200 vaccinations.
“All CVCs, which were made functional between June 21 and 23, will be made active for vaccination on September 17. All those who got their first dose of Covishield between June 21 and 23, will be informed and asked specifically to take their second dose on September 17 at the same place where they took their first dose, as much as practically possible,” said the state health department spokesperson, Pomi Baruah.
She added that this drive for the second dose does not limit the first dose vaccination. “As we have around 70 lakh people waiting to get the first dose, about 2-3 lakh first dose beneficiaries may also turn up for vaccination and so sufficient doses for the first shot should be kept ready,” said Baruah.
While the 4,000 CVCs will have six members each, house-to-house mobilisation has started in various districts for the mega drive.
Guardian ministers and guardian secretaries would visit the districts on Thursday and Friday to take stock of the situation. Respective MLAs and MPs would also visit the CVCs on the two days. All Panchayati raj institutions and rural development department officials, social welfare department staff and officials and education department officials will support the mega vaccination programme.