COVID-19 2nd wave: Assam to set up vaccine camps in schools, colleges
Guwahati: Assam government is yet to take a call upon the HSLC examinations and said that it will be decided after evaluating the situation of COVID-19.
Earlier, several Twitterati took to Twitter demanding the immediate cancelation of HSLC/AHM examinations 2021 due to a spike in the COVID-19 cases.
Addressing the media on Saturday, incumbent health minister Himanta Biswa Sarma said, “No major decision will be taken regarding the SEBA exams as of now. The new government which will be formed can take a decision on 4-5 May.”
He also said that the COVID-19 vaccination camp will be set up in schools and colleges to give first priority to teachers above 45 years of age.
“This way we can give first priority to the teachers who are above 45 years of age. Even all workplaces with more than 100 employees can ask for vaccination process and we will send a nurse – but this be applicable to people aged above 45,” Sarma added.
Sarma revealing the figures said that the state’s health department has so far administered 15,67,430 COVID-19 vaccine shots to keep the dreaded virus at bay.
“Out of these, we have administered the first dosage to 12,48,432 people, while 2,82,998 have been given the second jabs,” he further added.
The minister also said that the state was facing the shortage of vaccine 2-3 days ago but this was taken care of by the Centre which has sent new doses.
He asserted “At the present moment, we have 6,07,000 shots. This should suffice for the next months as we have the capacity to inoculate 50,000 people daily at the maximum.”
Sarma also informed that around 1 lakh doses of Remdesivir vaccine will be available in the month of May and one dose will cost Rs 1,652.
Revealing the current scenario of COVID-19 in the state, Sarma said that Assam can accumulate 288 MT oxygen and there are 3301 isolation bed without oxygen and 618 with oxygen.
On traveling, the minister said that air passengers arriving in the state will now have to do a mandatory COVID-19 test at the airport. They will also have to be in-home isolation until the RT-PCR report is received.