28% yet to take first dose in State
GUWAHATI: Chief Minister Himanta Biswa Sarma had a meeting with the deputy commissioners on the mega vaccination drive today. The government has set the target of inoculating eight lakh vaccine doses on September 17 all over the state.
Chief Minister Himanta Biswa Sarma asked the district authorities to alert the people of the state through SMS on the September 17 mega vaccination drive. "The special drive taken from June 21-23, we inoculated 9.75 lakh people from different vaccination centres. On September 17 also we will carry out the drive on those vaccination centres. Every guardian minister and secretary will monitor the drive in their respective district," he said.
The vaccination status in the state is such that around 28 per cent of the target population (all 18+ people) of the state is yet to take the first dose of the Covid-19 vaccine.
The target population for the Covid vaccination drive in the state is 2.35 crore. Till Tuesday, 1.67 crore people got inoculated with the first dose. Thus, around 66 lakh people (28 per cent of the target population) are yet to take the first dose. The inoculation for the second dose of the vaccine is no better either. Only 39 lakh people got inoculated with the second dose in the state. Vaccinating around two crore people with the second dose will take months together.
Although around two crore people got vaccinated in the state, the threat perception from unimmunized people still looms large.
Gauzing the gravity of the threat perception, the State Government is now taking a massive vaccination drive from the grassroots level.
Among the around 66 lakh people not yet inoculated, some people have been evading inoculation. They also include people who want to get inoculated but cannot make time for taking vaccines. This section also includes some flying people.
For around five lakh people, the time for the second dose has already elapsed. Now the district administration is collecting the data of such people by going door-to-door.
The statistics show that 52 per cent of people took the first dose in Dhubri, 59 per cent in Udalguri, 57 per cent in Cachar, 51 per cent Karimganj, 46 per cent in Karbi Anglong etc.