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In Assam, Poll Booths Turn Into Vaccination Centres, Election Commission Helps Identify Those Who Were Left Out In Vaccination Drive

In order to meet the target of covering over 200,000 people in Kamrup area of Assam, over 200 polling booths have been converted into vaccination centres

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Assam has inoculated over 1.72 crore people to date, of whom 30,77,059 have received both doses
Highlights
  • Polling Booths in Assam have been converted into vaccination centres
  • Many locals were apprehensive about getting vaccinated: ASHA Worker
  • Booth level officers are identifying beneficiaries based on survey

New Delhi: In Assam, only 1.72 crore people, about half the state’s population, have received one dose of the COVID vaccine till now. To improve the pace of the vaccination drive, at least in and around Guwahati, the government is improvising by turning polling booths into vaccination centres and using electoral rolls to identify those left out. The target is to cover over 200,000 people in the region.

To meet this target, over 200 such facilities have already been converted in Kamrup Metro district, where almost 80 per cent of the 12 lakh beneficiaries have been inoculated through these centres.

One such polling centre is in Dimoria, on the outskirts of Kamrup Metro district, around 60 kilometres east of Guwahati, where people queue up outside as if they are waiting to vote. However, these people have gathered to access their COVID-19 vaccine.

Kamrup metro district, around 60 kilometres east of Guwahati, where people have queued up outside a polling booth to take their COVID-19 vaccine

Kamrup Metro district, around 60 kilometres east of Guwahati, where people have queued up outside a polling booth to take their COVID-19 vaccine

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Laxmi Boro, one of the beneficiaries, had cast her vote at the same centre a few months ago, during the Assam assembly polls.

Today, 27-year-old Ms Boro visited it again, but this time to get her second dose of COVID-19 vaccine.

She was one of the hundreds identified in the survey by booth level officers, the local representatives of the Election Commission of India.

I was missing out on the second dose because I didn’t know where to get it. Then the local ASHA worker told me about this special drive. I waited from 9 am and my toddler was disturbing me, but I still managed, Ms Boro tells NDTV.

Based on a survey using the voter lists, booth level officers, have been identifying those who have been left out for availing COVID Vaccine. Harendra Boro, a booth level officer, told NDTV,

From the survey, we found the ‘left out’ voters and we listed them out. We also helped collect their phone numbers. They were contacted after we gave the list to the Deputy Commissioner’s office.

For health workers based in the rural areas of Assam, this initiative has come as a blessing. Many locals were apprehensive about getting vaccinated for fear of dying or even losing their reproductive health, Sahana Begum, an ASHA worker from Kamrup tells NDTV.

But as booth level officers came into the picture and even government teachers were used to convince people, those who missed out have now turned up, Ms Begum informed.

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COVID-19 in Assam

On Monday, August 30, 2021, Assam reported 15 deaths due to COVID-19, while 538 people tested positive, against the testing of 9,140 samples, pushing the total cases to 5,88,856, as per the data from the state’s Health Department. The current fatality rate in the state is 0.96 per cent and the positivity rate is at 0.68 per cent.

Out of the new cases, the highest 103 patients were detected from Kamrup Metro, followed by 37 in Jorhat, 34 in Golaghat, and 33 in Tinsukia. The current recovery rate of COVID-19 patients in the state is 97.86 per cent. The state has inoculated over 1.72 crore people to date, of whom 30,77,059 have received both doses.

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World

22,95,44,435Cases
19,20,52,504Active
3,27,83,741Recovered
47,08,190Deaths
Coronavirus has spread to 195 countries. The total confirmed cases worldwide are 22,95,44,435 and 47,08,190 have died; 19,20,52,504 are active cases and 3,27,83,741 have recovered as on September 22, 2021 at 3:49 am.

India

3,35,31,498 26,964Cases
3,01,9897,586Active
3,27,83,741 34,167Recovered
4,45,768 383Deaths
In India, there are 3,35,31,498 confirmed cases including 4,45,768 deaths. The number of active cases is 3,01,989 and 3,27,83,741 have recovered as on September 22, 2021 at 2:30 am.

State Details

State Cases Active Recovered Deaths
Maharashtra

65,27,629 3,131

44,269 960

63,44,744 4,021

1,38,616 70

Kerala

45,39,926 15,768

1,61,765 5,813

43,54,264 21,367

23,897 214

Karnataka

29,69,361 818

13,769 617

29,17,944 1,414

37,648 21

Tamil Nadu

26,48,688 1,647

16,993 9

25,96,316 1,619

35,379 19

Andhra Pradesh

20,40,708 1,179

13,905 483

20,12,714 1,651

14,089 11

Uttar Pradesh

17,09,693 13

194 0

16,86,612 13

22,887

West Bengal

15,62,710 537

7,741 69

15,36,291 592

18,678 14

Delhi

14,38,556 39

400 21

14,13,071 18

25,085

Odisha

10,21,216 462

4,844 103

10,08,226 560

8,146 5

Chhattisgarh

10,05,120 26

297 0

9,91,260 26

13,563

Rajasthan

9,54,275 12

99 8

9,45,222 4

8,954

Gujarat

8,25,751 14

133 0

8,15,536 14

10,082

Madhya Pradesh

7,92,410 8

90 6

7,81,803 14

10,517

Haryana

7,70,754 8

328 12

7,60,618 20

9,808

Bihar

7,25,907 6

60 9

7,16,188 15

9,659

Telangana

6,63,906 244

4,938 53

6,55,061 296

3,907 1

Punjab

6,01,359 36

304 3

5,84,554 37

16,501 2

Assam

5,98,864 441

5,081 97

5,87,970 338

5,813 6

Jharkhand

3,48,139 14

65 10

3,42,941 4

5,133

Uttarakhand

3,43,405 12

249 18

3,35,765 29

7,391 1

Jammu And Kashmir

3,28,214 145

1,450 11

3,22,345 154

4,419 2

Himachal Pradesh

2,17,403 263

1,715 99

2,12,033 162

3,655 2

Goa

1,75,690 107

886 76

1,71,507 29

3,297 2

Puducherry

1,25,618 101

922 55

1,22,864 46

1,832

Manipur

1,18,870 197

2,174 9

1,14,861 203

1,835 3

Tripura

83,956 51

353 7

82,794 44

809

Mizoram

82,815 1,355

15,363 223

67,184 1,127

268 5

Meghalaya

79,817 150

1,878 18

76,558 167

1,381 1

Chandigarh

65,195 7

44 3

64,333 4

818

Arunachal Pradesh

54,190 64

413 3

53,504 60

273 1

Sikkim

31,014 43

627 27

30,007 70

380

Nagaland

30,959 52

470 3

29,832 46

657 3

Ladakh

20,743 6

144 6

20,392

207

Dadra And Nagar Haveli

10,670

0 0

10,666

4

Lakshadweep

10,360 1

9 1

10,300

51

Andaman And Nicobar Islands

7,607 7

17 4

7,461 3

129

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