Sanjoy Ray

GUWAHATI, March 31: Compared to men, women in Assam appear to be a little reluctant in getting the first dose of COVID-19 vaccination administered, with at least the figures available with the Health department suggesting so!

This is contrary to the trend witnessed in most parts of the country (as on February) where women surpassed men in getting their first dose of COVID-19 vaccine.

As far as Assam is concerned, of the total 9,24,810 beneficiaries who got the first dose of COVID-19 vaccine, only 3, 92,886 were females.

Percentage wise, till date nearly 58 per cent of the vaccine has been administered to men in the State.

Significantly, the Health department has put the number of third gender (categorised as others) persons getting vaccinated so far at 112 (first dose).

As far as the second dose of vaccination is concerned, so far 1,47,227 persons have availed of the same in the entire State.

According to a report (February, 2021), in India, women have received nearly 63 per cent of the total first dose of vaccine outnumbering men by a fair margin.

Meanwhile, along with the rest of the country, COVID-19 vaccination for 45 years of age and above would begin from tomorrow (April 1) in the State, irrespective of co-morbidities.

“The State government is ready to start the vaccination for persons of the age of 45 years (as on January 1, 2022) and above from April 1, 2021 as per the directives of the Ministry of Health and Family Welfare. The vaccination will be conducted in over 2,000 Covid Vaccination Centres (CVCs) across Assam which include both government and private health facilities.

The presently working CVCs in seven medical colleges, 27 district hospitals and 723 health facilities with cold chain points attached to block primary health centres (BPHCs), community health centres (CHCs) and FRUs among others will be providing vaccines to the people.

In addition to static 757 CVCs, an additional 1800+ health & wellness centres/sub centres will also function as CVCs in a planned manner to facilitate COVID vaccination in the rural areas. To cater to the tea garden population, around 500 tea garden hospitals/dispensaries will also be utilised as CVCs in the coming days.