GUWAHATI: As per the Centre’s instruction to states, the Assam health and family welfare department on Monday wrote to districts to discontinue new registration of healthcare workers (HCW) and front line workers (FLW) for Covid-19 vaccination, after as they received ample chance to get inoculated since January.
However, those registered already, will get vaccinated, immunization spokesperson and director of health services (family welfare), Assam, Munindra Nath Ngatey, said.
According to health sources, a considerable number of anganwadi workers (frontline workers) have been left out of the vaccination drive, as daily Covid cases on Sunday touched 69, highest in the last several weeks. Two more Covid-related deaths were reported in the last 24 hours. “Those HCWs and front line workers who could not register, will be able to take the vaccine when the inoculation drive begins at the community level. But those aged 45+ can get the jab anytime,” Ngatey said.
As per health department statistics, of the 2.59 lakh registered HCWs in Assam, 1.87 lakh have got the first jab, while 1.08 lakh have got the second. Among the 4.32 lakh FLWs, 2.93 lakh were administered the first shot and 57,000 got the second. On the other hand, 5.96 lakh people in Assam, aged 45+ (irrespective of co-morbidities), were registered in the state for Covid vaccination.