Assam Northeast

Covid vaccination halted in Tinsukia due to vaccine shortages

Tinsukia district administration has suspend the ongoing vaccination drive in the district after the acute shortage of vaccines in Assam. The drive was stopped until the arrival of new consignment of vaccines.

On Sunday, the scheduled vaccination sessions had to be cancelled due to no stock available in the district.

Tinsukia district had faced a similar situation on June 27 and June 29 when the vaccination initiative had to be temporarily suspended due to non-availability of vaccine. The shortage of vaccines has emerged as a major stumbling block for the district which has been struggling to control the surge of Covid-19.

“We are currently facing shortage of vaccines because of which the vaccination sessions planned today had to be cancelled. We will resume the inoculation drive as soon as vaccines are available,” Tinsukia deputy commissioner Narsing Pawar stated.

Pawar said, “We expect the consignment of vaccines to arrive shortly. As of date over 2 lakh people have been administered the vaccine in the district. During the 3-day mega vaccination drive in Tinsukia district recently we managed to vaccinate a record 45,000 people. Once vaccines are available we will further intensify the vaccination drive.”

Tinsukia additional deputy commissioner (Health) Manjit Borkakoty said that the health department plans to vaccinate 1,000-1,200 people in the next couple of days with the few left over vaccines in the district.

Due to vaccination shortages in many districts of Assam, the people are returning back from the Covid-19 vaccine centres.

Recently, the government had taken a mega vaccination drive across Assam and through that drive many were vaccinated.

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