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Star sprinter Hima Das receives COVID-19 vaccine; appeals to people to get themselves vaccinated

GUWAHATI: Star sprinter Hima Das today received her first dose of COVID-19 vaccine at a hospital here.

After receiving the vaccine, Das appealed to the people to get themselves vaccinated to keep the virus at bay.

Assam has administered a total of 27,84,428 doses of the COVID-19 vaccine so far.

Of this, 21,75,722 people have received the first dose of the vaccine, while 6,08,706 have received the second dose.

It needs to mention here that, India, one of the world’s biggest suppliers of vaccines, is facing a COVID-19 vaccine shortage, partly due to a rapid rise in cases linked to a new variant.

Assam health minister Himanta Biswa Sarma today said that the state has received one lakh more doses of Covishield from Serum Institute of India to inoculate people above 45 years of age.

Sarma stated that the state’s total vaccine availability currently stands at 3,25,470.

The minister also urged the people to get themselves tested for COVID-19.

Meanwhile, vaccination for the people in the 18 to 44 age group began in the state yesterday, after a four-day delay.

Around 100 journalists below 45 years of age besides a few ‘specially abled’ youths were administered the COVID-19 vaccine on the launching day.

The ceremonious beginning was limited to the Gauhati Medical College Hospital (GMCH) and Gauhati Press Club (GPC) yesterday but the drive to vaccinate the 18+ category would begin in full swing from May 7.

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Assam recorded 55 more deaths due to COVID-19 over the past 24 hours, taking the death toll in the state to 1,485, while 4,826 fresh positive cases took the tally to 2,72,751.

The state currently has 29,915 active COVID-19 cases.

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