The people from the Tufanganj subdivision of Cooch Behar district in West Bengal are walking across the inter-state border to enter Assam to get the Covid-19 vaccine at camps set up by the state government.
Due to long queues in the vaccination centres of Bengal, the people are coming to Assam for a jab.
On several occasions, residents had to return home disappointed as the stock of vaccines at a specific centre had exhausted.
Most of the people in Tufanganj are facing the problem due to long queues and could even get the first dose of the Covid-19 vaccine.
Many are going to the vaccination camps set up in Chagalia, a locality under the Dhubri district of Assam located just after Baxirhat, the interstate border.
“I’ve tried to get vaccinated at a centre in Tufanganj sub-division thrice but could not get even get the first dose of vaccine. They told us that not a single dose of vaccines is left and I need to come the next day and the same thing happened. I found an alternative and walked into the Assam camp for the first jab,” said a migrant labourer.
According to the health staff posted at the camps in Chagalia, over 1,000 residents of Bengal have been vaccinated at the camos during the past couple of days.
“We are just checking the identity proofs of people such as the Aadhaar card and providing the vaccine. It does not matter whether the person is from Bengal or Assam,” said a health worker in Assam.
According to government data, of the total population of Assam which is around 3.50 crore, around 2.39 crore people have already been vaccinated, and among them, around 55 lakhs have received the second dose.
On the other hand, in Bengal, where the total population is around 10 crores, around 5.72 crores have been vaccinated, and among them, 1.65 crores have received the second dose.