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Assam launches drive to vaccinate its ’eminent’ persons

Following deaths of several eminent personalities in the second wave of Covid-19, the Assam health department has asked all district authorities to prepare list of dignitaries in order to provide fast track delivery of vaccines and other assistances.

A special vaccination drive will begin from June 1, that is on Monday, for noted personalities.

The month-long special drive will be to inoculate those who brought laurels to the state, stated a letter sent to all DCs from the principal secretary of the state health department, Anurag Goel. “You are aware that we have many distinguished persons residing in our state who have contributed immensely for bringing name and fame to the state in the field of arts/culture/literature/language/sport etc. Further, many of them may be senior citizens with mobility issues and may be suffering from critical illness or may be having co-morbidities which might prevent them from getting vaccinated for Covid-19,” read the letter.

The government was not in favour of door-to-door vaccination initially,
mainly citing lack of adequate health set-up to tackle cases of adverse effects of the vaccine. But the health department has relaxed norms to prioritize the vaccination of such personalities. The micro plan has been mulled to conduct special drives at their homes.

Senior health officials in all the districts have been asked to arrange vehicles, ambulances and mobile medical units to carry out the drive. “Such vehicles should have all essential medical equipment and manpower to manage and transport the beneficiary in case of any AEFI,” read the order.

The health department, however, cautioned that in order to avoid vaccination wastage, route maps should be prepared and beneficiaries are to be grouped in multiples of 10 or 20.

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