Can Dibrugarh observe PM Modi’s ‘Tika Utsav’ amid shortage of COVID-19 vaccines?
Guwahati: At a time when Prime Minister Narendra Modi appealed to the nation to observe a ‘vaccine festival’ or ‘Tika Utsav’ between April 11-14 to inoculate the maximum number of eligible beneficiaries against COVID-19, the health department in Assam’s Dibrugarh district is running short of COVID-19 vaccines and are finding it difficult to continue the first dose vaccination drive until further supply.
In a notification to the managing directors of four major private hospitals in the Dibrugarh district namely Aditya Diagnostics and Hospitals, Marwari Arogya Bhawan, Dr Damini’s Nursing Home and Brahmaputra Diagnostics & Hospitals, the Joint Director of the Health Services directed to continue with only the second dose of COVID-19 vaccine (Covishield/Covaxin) at the COVID vaccination centre in the district from April 10 onwards.
“No first dose of COVID-19 vaccines will be given until further order,” the order stated further.
Notably, beneficiaries who got their first shot of the vaccine in Dibrugarh can now go for their second shot.
On the other hand, there are reports surfacing in the media that shortages of vaccines are emerging from various districts of Assam.
It has been assumed in several districts that the health authorities will be able to vaccinate people for just one or two days if additional supplies don’t reach them immediately.
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