Assam Health Deptt suspends 1st dose of Covaxin until sufficient stocks are available

Amid shortage, Assam on Friday suspended administering the first dose of Covaxin, one of the two Covid-19 vaccines being administered in the state, so that 1.50 lakh people who are due to get the second dose of the vaccine can be given their shot within the stipulated time.

The decision on June 5 coincided with the relaxation of pandemic-induced curfew by an hour in the State and a directive to not permit home isolation for COVID-19 positive people with comorbidities.

Assam State Health Minister Keshab Mahanta’s statement reads: “We are expecting a batch of 50,000 Covaxin doses for the 18-44 age group in about a week. We have about 20,000 doses but have given priority to those who have to get the second jab within 42 days,”  adding that  ‘Assam has about 3.2 lakh doses of the Covishield vaccine for the 45-plus group’.

Chief Minister Himanta Biswa Sarma, meanwhile, directed the Health Department not to allow home isolation for COVID-19 patients of any age group with comorbidities and refer them to institutional quarantine. A standard operating procedure is expected soon.

Meanwhile, Assam has so far reported 4,28,913 positive cases of coronavirus and 3,577 fatalities.

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