Covaxin to be given only to those who need second dose in Assam
The Health Department in Assam has suspended the first dose of Covaxin vaccination until sufficient stocks are available.
The decision on Friday coincided with the relaxation of pandemic-induced curfew by an hour in the State and a directive to not allow home isolation for COVID-19 positive people with pre existing diseases prior to COVID-19.
“We are expecting a batch of 50,000 Covaxin doses for the 18 to 44 age group population in about a week. We have about 20,000 doses but have given priority to those who have to get the second dose within 42 days,” State Health Minister Keshab Mahanta said.
He added that Assam has about 3.2 lakh doses of the Covishield vaccine for the 45-plus age group.
Mr. Mahanta also said the government had fixed the maximum rate private hospitals can charge per day for COVID-19 treatment after the complaints of overcharging and non-acceptance of payment other than in cash.
CM Himanta Biswa Sarma, meanwhile, directed the Health Department not to allow home isolation for COVID-19 patients of any age group with preexisting diseases and refer them to institutional quarantine.
Earlier, only people above 50 years were not allowed home isolation if they had comorbidities prior to COVID-19.
Late on Friday evening, the Assam State Disaster Management Authority issued a modified set of restrictions relaxing curfew hours in the urban and rural areas by an hour while extending the partial lockdown to June 16 with effect starting from June 6.
Assam has so far reported 4,28,913 positive cases of coronavirus and 3,577 fatalities.