GUWAHATI: The State Health Department is ready with 2,000 teams to intensify the COVID-19 vaccination drive as soon as the Centre supplies vaccine dozes to it.
Talking to the media here on Sunday, Health Minister Keshab Mahanta said, "The target for each of the 2,000 teams is the inoculation of 200 vaccine doses per day. When computed, it comes to the inoculation of four lakh vaccine doses per day, but we've kept our target at the inoculation of three lakh doses per day. We're going to intensify the drive as soon as the vaccine doses come from the Centre."
When asked about the shortage of Covaxin doses in the State, the Minister said, "To date, we have a Covaxin stock of 1.50 lakh doses. We're seeking Covaxin requirements from the districts. After getting the requirements from them, we're going to send the Covaxin doses to the districts.
"All those who got the first dose of Covaxin have no reason to worry for the second dose. The Department will give them their second doses."
When asked about curfew relaxations in the State, the Minister said, "A new SOP (Standard Operating Procedure) is likely on June 15. However, it depends on the situation of the COVID-19. The districts where the COVID-19 situation is improving may get some relaxations. However, all decisions will be taken by the Hon'ble Chief Minister."
Meanwhile, the Minister visited some containment zones in the Sonapur area in Kamrup (M) district on Sunday. Talking to the media there, he went on record saying that there has been some improvement in the pandemic in the urban areas in Kamrup (M), but the situation is deteriorating in the rural areas of the district.
The Minister also visited the GMCH (Gauhati Medical College and Hospital) on Sunday and inspected the progress of the 200 ICU (Intensive Care Units) beds under construction at the hospital's parking place.