Finally, the day was here when the country got its first and much-awaited Covid19 vaccine shots. The Prime Minister on January 16 kicked off India’s massive coronavirus vaccination drive the largest immunization drive in the world covering almost three lakh frontline healthcare workers in the country on day one.
However, constant doubts and news of people facing health difficulties after being administered the Covid 19 vaccine in other countries have forced the PM to request people in the country to avoid misinformation and to trust Indian scientists.
As of now, the vaccination is allowed only for people above 18 years leaving pregnant and lactating mothers from the purview of the vaccination. Initially, the front-line health workers were selected to get the vaccine shots. In Assam also, top medical practitioners were amongst the first to receive the vaccine shots.
As per the guidelines, the frontline workers include not only doctors and nurses but also nursing orderlies, safai karamacharis, ambulance drivers and would be from a mixed age group including above 50 years.
The point was, even when launching the vaccination drive; the PM reiterated the need of wearing a mask, washing of hands and maintaining social distance. The same was also repeated by the state’s health minister Himanta Biswa Sarma.
But the question now was that while the leaders of the country and states were pressing for maintaining the Covid19 safety protocols even after the launching of the vaccination drive, why the state especially the high populated Guwahati city has ‘almost’ forgot the norms.
Today, almost 90 percent in the city were not wearing masks and politicians including the health minister flouting social distancing norms at ease and holding poll rallies.
Even state police who were seen busy bashing the public for not wearing masks and slapping penalties for violating Covid protocols seem inactive.
This is far from a healthy trend and more so because several states in the country continued to record very high numbers of Covid 19 cases. Till the results of the vaccine are out and the state machinery is equipped with facilitating each and everyone with a vaccine, there is no scope of lowering our guard.