Assam Health Minister Keshab Mahanta on Saturday said that the government has formed 2,000 teams to vaccinate three lakh people in the state every day.
Mahanta stated that the administration has sufficient stock of the Covid vaccine – Covaxin – for administering the second dose to people in the 18-44 years age group.
"We have kept ready 2,000 teams who could vaccinate four lakh, people, every day. But, for now, we are targeting to inoculate three lakh, people, daily if we get the vaccines. We hope that the availability of vaccines will increase in the coming days," he was quoted as saying in a PTI report.
The state has a total stock of 3,80,900 vaccines, including 2,43,460 for those above 45 years of age and 1,37,440 for the 18-44 years age group, Mahanta tweeted on Friday.
Mahanta said the Health Department is now focussing more on administering the second dose to people in the 18-44 years category, while the drive for those above 45 years of age is also underway.
"We had issues regarding the second dose of Covaxin due to short supply. We requested every district to let us know about their requirement for the second dose and are supplying them the vaccine accordingly," he said.
The health minister said that the government will be able to administer the second dose of Covaxin to 1.92 lakh people in the 18-44 years category within the stipulated time frame.
6.06 lakh people of the 12-lakh population of Guwahati have already been vaccinated, he added.