Assam Health Minister Sends Strong Warnings, To Seal Business Establishments if Employees Not Vaccinated
Minister Mahanta said that all the business establishments within the state must ensure that their all employees are administered the vaccines.
GUWAHATI: Assam Health Minister Keshab Mahanta has sent strong warnings asking all the eligible persons to go for COVID-19 vaccinations.
Currently in India, COVID-19 vaccines are administered to those who are above 18 years old. Minister Mahanta said that all the business establishments within the state must ensure that their all employees are administered the vaccines.
Otherwise, the government may seal such business establishments, the minister added.
"It is feared that a third wave of the ongoing pandemic may hit the country. Besides, we are yet to overcome the second wave of the pandemic. So, the government has insisted upon vaccinations", he further said.
The minister also said that the government may take stringent steps regarding COVID-19 vaccinations.
Earlier, the Assam State Disaster Management Authority (ASDMA) has issued a new set of SOPs for rural and urban areas at 11 am on September 1. The SOPs were implemented with immediate effect. The SOPs state that only those government employees (including contractual and who fixed pay) who have administered at least the first dose of the Covid-19 vaccine can attend office.
The Assam Health Minister Keshab Mahanta had informed that the SOPs will be effective from 11 am on September 1.
The health minister further added, "Covid-19 cases are well under control now. We have given maximum relaxations subject to strict adherence to the Covid-19 protocol. If the Covid-19 protocol goes for a toss, we have no way out but to impose tough restrictions. Thus it depends on the public – if they want tough restrictions or a gradual unlock."