Assam: As many as 8,000 health and frontline workers along with citizens above 60 years of age suffering from comorbidities were administered the third dose or booster dose of COVID vaccine across the State on January 10.
About the vaccination programme in Assam:
The booster dose vaccination drive was launched at Jorhat Medical College and Hospital (JMCH) by State Health Minister Keshab Mahanta. As per the records of the early hours of January 10, around 4,577 health workers, 1,439 frontline workers and 1,905 people above 60 years of age with comorbidities were administered the booster dose. Those people who received the second dose of COVID vaccine before April 10, 2021, are eligible to get the booster dose. The number of this eligible population in Assam is around 2.60 lakh.
As per the sources of the Health department many people want to take the booster dose before the due date. “If anyone takes the booster dose before the due date, he/she will not get the vaccination certificate. The date when the person received the second dose of vaccine is displayed in the CoWIN portal where the person’s phone number is registered. So before the due date, we cannot give the booster dose to anyone,” said health department officials.