Many people in Assam are unhappy with the government's slow reaction to the vaccine shortage at vaccine centers.
COVID 19 Vaccine: With the recent decision of the Assam government not to administer the first dose to ensure the maximum supply of the second dose, many common people are complaining that they have passed the 42-day deadline due to vaccine shortage. Many people in the state have opened up about their upsetting tales over not being able to receive the vaccines due to shortage.
Speaking to The News Pit, a resident of Guwahati Jotin Bharali said, “I got the first shot of Covaxin last month. It has been 35 days and my second dose is due. The government has announced a shortage of vaccines but I and many others need the second dose. How am I supposed to get it?”
Another person Ajoy Deka, a loader at Guwahati airport faced a similar condition. He had made several visits to vaccination centres as his deadline for getting vaccinated is ending this week. Deka has urged the government for help as she cannot afford Rs 1200 to Rs 1300 for the jab, according to reports.
On the other hand, Chandra Bharali, 56, from Bhetapara, Guwahati said that she has missed the deadline due to a vaccine shortage at a private hospital. Bharali said that it is even more difficult to travel to other areas where vaccines are available due to the partial lockdown.
Many other senior citizens also have put forward their grievances. One such case is of Bhaben Das, who has some health issues said that he is yet to get vaccinated as there are no vaccines.
During the launch of the vaccination drive, the Assam government targeted to inoculate at least 1.78 crore people.
To date, 34.36 lakh people or 19.30 percent have been partially vaccinated in Assam. Only 8.45 lakh, which is around 4.74 percent, are fully vaccinated in the state till now.
Assam administered 42.81 lakh doses of Covishield and Covaxin till June 4. Of which, over 80.82 percents were Covishield doses and 18.69 percent Covaxin.
Meanwhile, PM Narendra Modi has announced to provide free COVID vaccine to everyone above the age of 18 years across the country. The central government has also decided to manage 25% of states’ vaccination work.