Assam Immunisation office reveals that five lakh people have missed the second dose of Covid-19 vaccine on Assam.
Of them, 3.32 lakh missed the Covishield second dose and 1.67 lakh people missed the second jab of Covaxin as per reports available with the government.
Even though, Assam has earned the distinction of administering 2 crore doses on Saturday the whooping figures of people missed out on the second dose of vaccine has left the state health and family welfare department to pull up its socks. The department is planning to launch an awareness campaign to bring this group of beneficiaries to the vaccination centres at the earliest.
For Covishield, the highest 26,804 second doses are overdue in central Assam’s Nagaon district, followed by 26,634 doses in Kamrup (Metro) and 25,586 doses in Kamrup. In the case of Covaxin, Barpeta has the highest 30,908 beneficiaries who missed the second dose. Sonitpur and Kamrup (Metro) have recorded the second and third highest cases of missing doses.
State nodal officer of Covid vaccination, Munindra Nath Ngatey, in an interview with the Times of India pointed out that there was a mismatch in the beneficiary phone numbers and documents during the first and second doses.
“Negligence of the people in getting the second dose on time is the main reason for which five lakh people have reportedly missed the final jab,” Ngatey said in an interview with the newspaper.
He said, “Many beneficiaries provided different numbers during the Co-WIN registration for the first and second jabs. The documents submitted for each dose are different. When the phone numbers do not match, it is very difficult to track the beneficiaries.”
Government officials also revealed that several people of Assam, who work outside the state, had left after taking the first jab back to their workplace after relaxation and received the second dose there.