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    Tika Utsav! Twitteritis takes jibe at CM Sonowal over shortage of COVID vaccines

    PM Modi appealed to the 130 crore Indians to observe a ‘vaccine festival’ or ‘Tika Utsav’ from April 11 to 14

    Guwahati: Twitteritis takes a jibe at Assam Chief Minister Sarbananda Sonowal after he appealed to the people of Assam to participate in PM Modi’s ‘Tika Utsav’ (vaccine festival) from April 11-14 amid shortage of COVID- 19 vaccines in the state.

    Several Twitter users questioned CM Sonowal over Assam Government’s stand on the shortage of COVID-19 (Covishield/Covaxin) vaccines in the state.

    While, CM Sonowal in his tweet said, “On the clarion call of PM Shri @narendramodi ji, I urge the people to participate in the vaccine festival from April 11-14. Remember: Each One-Vaccine One, Each One-Treat One, Each One-Save One & Let’s take responsibility of building Micro Containment Zones ourself.”

    A user replied him saying, “Sir bt there R no vaccines in the State as said by all the Govt. & Pvt. Vaccination centres. Also one of the dispensary of NHM said that Govt. has stopped fresh registerations w.e.f 10th April. I hav a booking bt they R saying there is no vaccines available.”

    Another user replied, “sir Vaccine not available in most of the hospitals of Guwahati, my mom cant able to take it due to lack of availability. eg Dispur Hospital, Dispur Polyclinic, Sunvalley cc.”

    “Ok. I heard vaccine shortage in Assam. Could you please share data of Free testing and vaccination in Assam??” wrote another user.

    Earlier, in the morning hours, PM Modi appealed to the 130 crore Indians to observe a ‘vaccine festival’ or ‘Tika Utsav’ from April 11 to 14 to inoculate the maximum number of eligible beneficiaries against COVID-19.

    Prime Minister Narendra Modi took to Twitter saying, “आज से हम सभी, देशभर में टीका उत्सव की शुरुआत कर रहे हैं। कोरोना के खिलाफ लड़ाई के इस चरण में देशवासियों से मेरे चार आग्रह हैं…(From today, we are all starting the vaccination festival all over the country. At this stage of the fight against Corona, I have four requests from the countrymen).”

    Shortage of (Covishield/Covaxin) vaccines in Dibrugarh

    Notably, 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.

    As per medical sources, 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.

    Read More : Can Dibrugarh observe PM Modi’s ‘Tika Utsav’ amid shortage of COVID-19 vaccines?

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