Dibrugarh district has recorded an increase in the Covid-19 vaccination coverage in comparison to other districts of Assam.

“There has been a slight shortage in the availability of the second dose of the Covaxin vaccine, but the situation will improve in the near future,” said Dibrugarh district immunization officer Biswajit Baruah.

“The district has been performing better in terms of Covid-19 vaccination coverage compared to other districts,” he said.

Currently, there is a huge shortage of Covaxin in Assam because of which, the time frame for receiving the second dose of the vaccine has expired in cases of many people.

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“Limited stocks of Covaxin have been arriving in Dibrugarh, but due to the availability of Covishield vaccine, we could vaccinate many people,” the immunization officer said.

According to figures, a total of 2,13085 were vaccinated in Dibrugarh till Friday.

“Those who have received the first dose on May 7 were given the second dose of Covaxin in Dibrugarh,” said a health official.

Priority is being given to those persons who have exceeded 42 days. Due to limited stocks the process has slowed down.

Moreover, it is mandatory for people to undergo the Rapid Antigen Test before receiving the second dose in the district.

“No registration will be needed for the second dose. It will be a walk-in process,” said the official.

On Friday, 243 tested positive for Covid-19, taking the total positive cases in the district to 31,716.

The district at present has 5,650 active cases.

A total of  25,606 patients were discharged till Friday.

Avik Chakraborty

Avik Chakraborty is Northeast Now Correspondent in Dibrugarh. He can be reached at: babs8oct@gmail.com