Addl. Deputy Commissioner (Vaccination) of Cachar, on Monday, May 24, wrote a letter to the Sub Divisional Medical and Health Officer of Bikrampur, Borkhola, Dholai, Harinagar, Jalalpur, Lakhipur, Sonai, Udarbhond and the Medical and the Urban FW Unit, Silchar to inform about the vaccination of 80 years and above at home.
The Chief Minister of Assam Dr. Himanta Biswa Sarma, on Sunday, May 23, via video conference, directed the Addl. Deputy Commissioner (Vaccination) of Cachar that the vaccination of 80 years and above should be done at home with COVID-19 vaccine.
The Addl. Deputy Commissioner (Vaccination) of Cachar, in a letter directed the Medical and Health Officers to form a dedicated vaccination team for vaccination of 80 years and above persons. The Addl. Deputy Commissioner (vaccination) of Cachar also stated the following criteria for the vaccination team:
● The vaccination team should make a prior route plan.
● Manual register should be maintained by the vaccination team with photographs, name, age, sex, address, contact numbers, photograph of vaccination, etc. of a person getting vaccinated.
● The vaccination team should also ensure that there should be no wastage of vaccines by preparing a prior to be vaccinated 80 years+ persons list.
Further, The Addl. Deputy Commissioner (vaccination) of Cachar also directed that the vaccination team should be provided with necessary vehicles for house to house vaccination and the nurses should also be given travelling allowances from time to time.
Amid the surge in COVID-19 cases, older people are facing the most threats and challenges at this time.
Although all age groups are at risk of contracting COVID-19, older people face significant risk of developing severe illness if they contract the disease due to physiological changes that come with ageing and potential underlying health conditions.
Hence, to curb the difficulties faced by the senior citizens, the Assam Government took a step to vaccinate 80 years and above persons at home.