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COVID-19: Those who do not get vaccinated in Assam will be deprived of government facilities in future

By PTI

Rangiya: Assam Health Minister Keshab Mahanta on Wednesday said that those who are not eligible for the Kovid-19 vaccine will be deprived of government facilities in future.

Taking stock of the vaccination campaign in Kamrup rural district, Mahant also directed the officials concerned to collect information on the basis of voter list and complete the vaccination campaign by the end of September.

Block level officers (BLOs), village heads and ASHA workers will compile data about people eligible for vaccination and prepare a list, he said.

He also said that as schools and colleges start reopening, initiatives should be taken to earmark suitable locations for vaccination centers near educational institutions.

A total of 1,76,62,302 people have been vaccinated for COVID-19 in Assam, officials said.

The northeastern state on Wednesday reported 11 coronavirus deaths and 573 fresh cases.

According to a directive issued by the state health department on Wednesday, all COVID-19 double immunized passengers are exempted from RT-PCR tests on arrival at airports, railways and road border points in Assam.

All incoming passengers, who have a certificate that they have been given two doses of anti-COVID-19 vaccines, will be exempted from mandatory testing on arrival at airports, railway stations and road border points.

The order issued by Principal Secretary Health Anurag Goel will come into force with immediate effect.

The order states that passengers who have been vaccinated with a single dose or have no vaccination and who are symptomatic, even with two doses of vaccines, will be required to undergo mandatory RT- Must undergo PCR test. However, the RT-PCR test has been reduced to Rs 250 per person from the earlier Rs 500 per person.

As per the earlier order, people having double dose of vaccine were required to undergo RT-PCR test on arrival or submit negative report of test done within 72 hours from arrival.

The decision to exempt double-vaccinated passengers from RT-PCR test was taken as the COVID positivity has declined significantly and the number of people having two doses of the vaccine has increased significantly in the country, the order explained.

The Assam government had earlier exempted travelers arriving from RT-PCR cases from double vaccination on June 25, but later withdrew it on July 16 as there was an increase in the number of incoming passengers testing positive, both The jabs were received.

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