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GUWAHATI: Assam achieved the landmark of administering three crore vaccination for Covid-19 on Saturday noon.
Chief minister Himanta Biswa Sarma called the achievement a step towards realizing Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s resolve to make India Covid-19 free. “Gratitude to doctors & healthcare workers,” he tweeted.
Less than 10 lakh first doses were needed to be administered by November-end to vaccinate the entire 2.13 crore 18-plus eligible population in the state. But now what is emerging as a major challenge and hurdle is hesitancy among tribals and Christians because they fear the vaccination can lead to death and sterility.
“Three crore vaccination is a huge milestone, though we are facing vaccine hesitancy and resistance mostly in the tribal-inhabited areas,” state nodal officer of Covid-19 vaccination, Munindra Nath Ngatey told TOI. Due to this hesitancy, he informed the daily first dose inoculation has declined to 35,000 in the last few days, though over 1.81 lakh doses were administered on Saturday. In Assam, about 2.04 crore (2,04,56,172) first doses and 96.26 lakh (96,26,295) second doses have been administered till date.
The office of the director of the National Health Mission, Assam, on Saturday wrote to the principal secretaries of the Bodoland Territorial Council, Karbi Anglong Autonomous Council and Dima Hasao Autonomous Council, along with the DCs of Kokrajhar, Chirang, Baksa, Udalguri, Sonitpur, Karbi Anglong, West Karbi Anglong and Dima Hasao districts to involve all local religious leaders to overcome vaccine hesitancy.
Health minister Keshab Mahanta, chief secretary Jishnu Barua and several other senior health department officials convened a meeting with Christian community leaders from Kamrup (Metro), Karbi Anglong, West Karbi Anglong, Kokrajhar, Goalpara, Sonitpur and Udalguri districts on Friday to address the issue of vaccination hesitancy in some pockets of the districts which are predominantly tribal inhabited. While vaccine hesitancy pockets have been found to be scattered and far flung, remoteness is posing a great challenge for the last mile vaccination, read the minutes of the meeting. The letter shot off on Saturday stated that local church leaders may be requested to make a strong appeal to the people of their community for vaccination, especially during the Sunday mass. “The district officials may visit places of religious congregation on 14-11-21 before/after prayer hours to interact with the participants and motivate them to take vaccination,” it added.
A video conference will be held on November 15, under the chairmanship of state chief secretary, with the DCs of the eight districts. The DCs have been asked to take up intensive micro-level planning to ensure 100% vaccine coverage in their respective districts within the specified timelines.

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