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Covid-19: Health workers among 1.5L to get 1st vaccine shot in Assam | Guwahati News

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GUWAHATI: The Assam health department has confirmed that they are ready to start the vaccination drive with 1.5 lakh front line healthcare, ASHA and anganwadi workers as the first beneficiaries. This comes after the Drugs Controller General of India (DCGI) on Sunday approved two Covid vaccines for restricted emergency use.
These workers, who have led the battle against Covid-19 from the forefront, have been registered through the Co-WIN app for the first shots of the vaccine. Assam health minister Himanta Biswa Sarma said DCGI’s approval for the emergency use of Oxford-AstraZeneca’s Covishield and Bharat Biotech’s Covaxin for immunisation against Covid-19 has “bolstered hopes for a Covid-free India”.
“We can take the vaccines now. I hope the dry runs are complete and anytime we will receive the coronavirus vaccines,” Himanta told the media on Sunday.
As stated by Union health minister Harsh Vardhan, Himanta said healthcare workers and frontline staff engaged in hospitals will receive the first shots of the vaccine, while police and teachers will be the next in line. “In the third phase, the vulnerable section with co-morbidities will get the vaccine,” Himanta said.
He said Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s decisive leadership and constant motivation to scientists resulted in timely innovations such as making coronavirus vaccines. In his twitter handle, Himanta noted, “The determined & decisive leadership of PM Sri @narendramodi has meant India today stands tall as among the first few nations in world to have indigenously developed #COVID19 vaccine. A GREAT & GLORIOUS Day for us.”
“A gruelling 9-month tryst of the Nation, dotted with incredible conviction & courage, & guided by constant motivation of PM Sri @narendramodi, comes to a gratifying end. As citizens we’re proud of our scientists & doctors. #Covaxin #Covishield are #NewYear2021 gift to India,” he further tweeted.
Official sources in the state health department said after enrolling more than 1.5 lakh beneficiaries for the Covid vaccination, the state health department is working on to include more frontline workers, including those from the private sector, for the vaccination programme.
“By the time the vaccine arrives in the state, some of the people will undergo transfer from their current place of posting. In private hospitals, some of the registered beneficiaries may change their jobs. Lots of changes are also happening. Some of the registered healthcare workers may not be available exactly on the spot,” a senior health official said, adding that a compilation of the entire data of beneficiaries will take some more time.
In Assam, the dry run was conducted in Nalbari, Sonitpur and Kamrup (Metropolitan) districts, which, the health officials said, was a success.

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