GUWAHATI: The All Assam Students' Union (AASU) said on Saturday said that the COVID vaccines are not reaching the common man or the man in rural areas. The AASU leaders urged the Assam Government to make the vaccines available to the rural population of the state, and suggested the setting up of village-wise vaccination camps, besides making the registration process both online and offline.
"The COVID vaccines are the only option now to save anyone from the deadly virus. Unfortunately for us, the vaccines are yet to reach the common man, the people in the rural areas. They are being left out from this huge vaccination drive," AASU president Dipanka Kumar Nath said, adding, "most of the people in the rural areas either do not have smartphones or have no access to the internet. Many people are illiterate. Take the case of the tea garden workers or people from the backward communities or the poor people in the rural areas. How will they register online? Most of them do not have any access to smartphones or the internet. They have no idea about technology".
AASU general secretary Sankor Jyoti Baruah suggested the setting up of vaccination camps in every village to ensure that no one in the rural areas of Assam is left unprotected against COVID-19. "The Assam government can set up village-wise camps following all COVID protocols and get our rural population vaccinated."
Another suggestion made by the students' body is that the vaccine registration process is made both online and offline so that it benefits everyone. No one is left out. The AASU has decided that their workers across the state would help all those people who need assistance to register for the vaccine. This would be done following strict COVID protocol.
The AASU leaders also pointed to the fact that very little COVID protocol like maintaining social distance is being followed when people are going for vaccination and waiting in queues.
They also highlighted the issue being faced by many while registering for vaccines in the 18-44 age group. After registering, many people have not been able to find the slots and this is causing a lot of confusion and anxiety among the young people.