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The Darrang district in Assam is reeling under a shortage of Covid-19 vaccines that has hampered the special vaccination drive being conducted for the elderly.

The Darrang district administration launched the special vaccination drive on June 4 to administer the first dose of the Covid-19 vaccine to elderly persons in the district.

Health personnel were to make door-to-door visits to administer the vaccine to the elderly.

Despite a long list of beneficiaries submitted by the district social welfare department, the immunization drive had to be stopped midway.

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“During the first day of the special Covid-19 vaccination, the first dose was administered to 10 distinguished senior citizens of Mangaldai,” said additional deputy commissioner Sanjib Borah, who is in charge of the vaccinations.

“However, we have stopped the process right now since we need to be careful that doses of vaccines don’t get wasted as sufficient stocks are not available at the moment. We expect to resume the drive next week,” Borah said.

Meanwhile the model testing and vaccination centre set up at the Mangaldai Nagar Balika LP School has reportedly conducted 10 vaccination sessions

District immunization officer, AK Dhing said that a total of 1,17,758 doses of the Covid-19 vaccine have been administered to people in the district, of which 94,518 are first doses and rest 23, 240 are second doses of the vaccine.

Mayukh Goswami

Mayukh Goswami is Northeast Now Correspondent in Mangaldai. He can be reached at: