Assam: Kamrup Metro braces up for massive Covid-19 vaccination drive


GUWAHATI: Kamrup (Metro) district in Assam is gearing up for the massive COVID-19 vaccination drive.

Altogether 29 cold storage facilities in Kamrup Metro district  are presently ready to store 3,2,170 doses of Covid-19 vaccines.

Of  the total facility to store 4,38,995 doses, 1,16,825 doses are presently occupied by routine immunisation and antigen.

With the trials for vaccines reaching final phases, the Kamrup Metro administration is gearing up for a massive vaccination drive.

On December 14, the district task force on introduction of Covid-19 vaccine had a review meeting to prepare the roadmap for this massive exercise..

The meting was chaired by District Development Commissooner Atul Ch Sharma and was attended by heads of education, social welfare, defence, home affairs, railway and municipality corporation apart from ADC, Health Sarmistha Bora,  joint director  of health Dr. Ganesh Saikia and the district immunisation officer. Representatives of WHO and UNICEF were also present in the meeting. The chairman suggested  the social welfare, defence, home affairs, railway and municipality corporation to undertake line listing of beneficiaries for  the vaccination. He also suggested the social welfare department nodal officer to include the Anganwadi workers also in the database of Covid-19 vaccination. The nodal officer has also been instructed to train the Anganwadi Workers for using them in the vaccination drive.

Besides, the panchayat and rural development department had also been asked to involve the self-help groups in the vaccination awareness activities.

The nodal officer Fromm the education department was requested to use schools for vaccination and use teachers and siksha mitras for awareness and social mobilisation.

The defence department was asked to train its personnel for vaccination and registration of armed forces beneficiaries for vaccination. Besides, involving ex-army jawans and NCC cadets was also proposed.

The defence department was also  requested to depute security for site  and cried management during  administration of the Covid-19 vaccine.