BISWANATH CHARIALI: To ensure that frontline workers and vulnerable sections of population who are more prone to COVID-19 infection are accorded top priority with regard to vaccination, Biswanath district administration has revamped its complete process and is organizing regular vaccination camps for them.
Having already completed vaccination of all healthcare workers and police personnel, the focus is now on getting senior citizens, Anganwadi workers, Anganwadi helpers, Divyangjan (Persons with Disabilities), tea garden workers, petrol pump employees, pharmacy employees, e-commerce employees and gas agency employees vaccinated at the earliest. Recently, vaccination camps were organized for jail inmates and residents of old age homes, which were personally monitored by Deputy Commissioner Pranab Kumar Sarmah. Moreover, the district administration is also planning to soon launch mobile vaccination drive for elderly population and severely ill persons so that they can be vaccinated at their doorsteps.
Near to Home COVID Vaccination Centres (NHCVC) are also being planned for localities where detection of positive cases has been high. Dr Surya Kamal Borah, Additional Deputy Commissioner (ADC) in charge of vaccination, said that the focus was on categorizing people on the basis of vulnerability and the level of their interface with masses and to get them vaccinated on priority basis. He further added that priority was being accorded to beggars, homeless persons, persons working in Child Care Homes and people residing in and around localities where large number of positive cases have been detected with regard to vaccination.
Meanwhile, the administration has till now completed administering 1, 03,738 doses of vaccines in the district. Around 17,988 doses were administered to population above 60 years of age, 44,537 were administered to population falling within the bracket of 45 to 60 years and 22,557 to population between 18 and 44 years of age. Besides, 7 Integrated Child Development Services (ICDS) blocks have been identified where special vaccination camps are being organized for 100 per cent vaccination of all Anganwadi workers and helpers. The district administration has also arranged SMS notification facility for informing beneficiaries regarding dates for their second dose of Covaxin.