Assam: Mega Covid-19 vaccination drive to mark PM Modi’s birthday on September 17


Guwahati: Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s 71st birthday on Friday will see Assam getting a major thrust in the Covid-19 vaccination drive with 8 lakh shots being targeted to be administered on a single day.

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.

The government has set the target to vaccinate 40,000 people. Immunisation centres have already been set up for the drive by the District Health Department in coordination with the district administration.

In order to achieve the target of 8 lakh (2 Lakhs first dose and 6 lakhs second dose) vaccination in a day on 17th September 2021, the following steps are to be taken immediately by DHS FW, NHM, All-District Administrations, ADC Vaccination, Jt. DHS of all districts, District Immunization Officers, Block Medical Officers & Vaccination teams.

Taking to Twitter Assam Chief Minister Dr. Himanta Biswa Sarma wrote, “Our finest gift to Hon PM Sri @narendramodi on his 71st birthday would be to ensure the huge success of mega vaccination drive on September 17. In a meet with all Ministers, DCs & top officials today, we issued a slew of guidelines towards this. I urge everyone to take your doses.”


Setting up of minimum 4000 CVCs across the state, district-wise, each with a daily target of 200 vaccinations.

All CVCs which were made functional on 21st – 23rd June 2021 will be invariably made active for vaccination on 17th Sept. 2021.

All those people who got the first dose of Covishield on 21st-23rd June shall be informed and asked specifically to take their 2nd dose on 17th Sep itself at the same place where they took their first dose, as much as practically possible. (District wise minimum target as per Annexure I)

DHS FW shall plan in advance & ensure availability of vaccines, syringes, Gauze, etc to match the requirement of 10 lakh vaccination, considering contingency and enhanced requirement as a buffer in regional stores, as per district wise target and deliver up to each district level by 15th Sept itself.

Districts shall notify 4000 CVCs (as per June CVC list) by 13th Sep so that concerned ASHA/ ANM can mobilise potential beneficiaries to come on 17th Sept.

Sufficient manpower to give taken to the beneficiary, crowd control, verification of beneficiary, COWIN portal entry, vaccination of supervision for AEFI shall 2 be notified in advance by 14th Sept itself so that all CVCs (400 plus) have dedicated HR for that day without fail.

Sufficient IEC at the local level through making, home to home visit NGO/ Health workers shall be undertaken village wise on 14th, 15th& 16th Sept, so that all 9 lakh 2nd dose eligible beneficiaries are fully aware & motivated to attend vaccination.

This drive for 2nd dose does not limit 1st dose vaccination. It might be prudent to expect that, as we have approx. 70 lakh persons yet to get the first dose, about 2-3 lakh first dose beneficiaries may also turn up for vaccination and therefore sufficient vaccination provide the first dose should also be kept ready.