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Vaccination not mandatory, but unvaccinated should stay at home: CM Sarma

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Guwahati: Assam Chief Minister Dr. Himanta Biswa Sarma on Monday has stated that COVID-19 guidelines do not envisage any forcible vaccination without obtaining the consent of the concerned individual; however, those people will have to stay back at home, if he/she is not willing to take the vaccine.

This comes after the central government while responding to a plea has made it clear before the supreme court of India that COVID-19 inoculation guidelines issued by the Union health ministry do not envisage forcible vaccination without obtaining the consent of an individual.

Speaking to the media here in Guwahati, CM Sarma said, “Yes, vaccination without obtaining the consent of the concerned individual is not mandatory, it is a fact, but, he or she cannot enter the office, go to public places or attend a meeting until they are fully vaccinated. They will have to stay back at home if they don’t want to get vaccinated.”

It may be mentioned that amid the surge in Covid-19 cases in the state, the Assam government had banned the entry of unvaccinated people in public places like government offices, courts, hotels, markets, shopping malls, cinema halls since last Saturday.

Assam Chief Minister Himanta Biswa Sarma while interacting with the media on Saturday said those who are not fully vaccinated will not be allowed to enter public places from Sunday.

“Those who are not fully vaccinated will not be allowed to enter public places like government offices, courts, hotels, markets, etc. The unvaccinated people can stay in their homes and can go to the hospital, but they will not be allowed to enter public places,”  Chief Minister Himanta Biswa Sarma added.

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