Central Assam’s Nagaon district vaccinated the highest number of 43,582 people with the second dose, as the dedicated call center communicated with each beneficiary in the district, where a large number of the minority population were yet to be vaccinated.
Chief Minister Himanta Biswa Sarma On Saturday termed the success of the mega vaccination campaign as a Himalayan achievement.
This mega drive mainly focused on the second jab on the beneficiaries getting vaccinated with the first dose during the last mega immunization campaign between 21st and 23rd June. Around 9.75 lakh people in Assam were vaccinated during the last campaign, most of whom were due for their second shot since September 14.
The campaign also facilitated giving the first dose to the eligible people who turned out in large numbers.
“This Himalayan feat is a true reflection of the inspiration and dedication of our PM,” Sarma tweeted on Saturday.
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Till Saturday afternoon, news of the mega drive was coming from far and wide in the state. During the morning update given by the Chief Minister, 7.62 lakh vaccinations were done in a single day covering 3.2 per cent of the eligible population. But by evening it had reached the target of 8 lakhs.
Overall, 4.58 lakh (4,58,789) beneficiaries in the state received the second dose during the mega drive, while 3.27 lakh (3,27,110) people were vaccinated for the first time.
The district health teams activated all the COVID Vaccination Centers (CVCs) which were functional during the mega immunization drive in June. Additional CVCs were also created for greater coverage. Steps were taken to activate the previous CVC to help eligible people take their second dose without any hindrance or confusion. The vaccination drive was conducted from 8 am to 9 pm on Friday.
“A total of 4,580 CVCs were functioning across the state during this mega drive. Of these, 4,562 were government-run, while 18 were privately managed. This drive will give a major impetus to the vaccination campaigns in the state and we have proved it. Vaccination can happen at a faster pace, provided there is availability of vaccines,” said the state nodal officer for COVID-19 vaccination, Munindra Nath Ngatey.
Guardian ministers and secretaries were camping in the allotted districts to promote the campaign. Under the supervision of the district administration, six-member teams of nursing staff, verifiers, mobilizers and security personnel carried out this mammoth task.
The highest 43,582 second dose was administered in Nagaon, followed by 40,734 in Cachar and 31,826 in Kamrup (Metro) district. However, in terms of total number of vaccinations, Cachar has the highest number of immunizations at 64,825, followed by Nagaon with 59,661 and 54,185 vaccinations. tinsukia District.
Nagaon DC Kavita Padmanabhan said, “Administration of the second dose was originally the target and we are glad that our concerted effort has yielded fruitful results.”
Nagaon had a focused approach to bring in targeted beneficiaries, 90% of whom were about to get a second shot during Friday’s drive. “We had dedicated call centres, calling each target beneficiary individually. ASHA workers went door-to-door and requested people to come to their nearest CVC,” Padmanabhan said.
Despite the general belief that maximum vaccination has taken place in minority areas, where a significant population has not been vaccinated, maximum vaccination has taken place in the Kathiatoli block PHC area, which has a mixed population of ethnic, tribal, minority as well as tea tribes.