Assam administers over 54 lakh vaccine doses


GUWAHATI: The Assam Government has scaled up its vaccination drive to protect its people from COVID19. As of Monday morning, Assam had administered 54,07,620 doses of vaccine.

Moving ahead from 1 lakh vaccinations per day, the health department is now attempting 3 lakh vaccinations per day, since Friday. The campaign has been based on jan bhagidari (people’s participation) with the state government. Assam chief minister Dr. Himanta Biswa Sarma recently asked the district administrations to achieve a target of 3 lakh vaccinations per day between June 21 and June 30, in the state.

The two vaccines that are being used in the state are Covishield by AstraZeneca-Serum Institute of India and Covaxin by Bharat Biotech. In the first phase, all COVID19 warriors, health workers and elderly were provided with the vaccines. After the Central government’s order, now people aged 18-44 years are also being vaccinated in Assam.

The vaccines are free of cost to all ages if taken from the government centres. A total of 2184 (22 pvt) centres have been set up to accelerate the vaccination drives. The Assam health department is creating awareness on the vaccination drive and designated officials are working round the clock to ensure the targets.

“We’ve undertaken massive IEC activities to generate positive public response for the Intensified Free Vaccination Camps across Assam. Branding of Model Vaccination Centres has been done extensively. ASHA workers have also been mobilised to generate greater demand for Covid vaccination,” said Dr. Himanta Biswa Sarma.