The Marwari Yuva Mancha, in association with the Health Department, conducted a Covid-19 vaccination drive in the Guwahati Central Jail at Lokhra on Wednesday.
The main motive was to vaccinate every jail inmate for Covid-19. Throughout the 4-day long vaccination drive, almost 1,182 inmates received their first dose of vaccination.
The Guwahati Central Jail is the first one in the state to ensure cent per cent inoculation of its inmates. This act has been possible by the active participation of the senior authorities of the jail. The authorities faced several challenges as most of the inmates did not possess any government-approved proof of nationality like an Adhaar card, Pan card, driving licence or even passport.
As the jail campus prohibits the use of mobile phones, it made the task even more complicated.
Throughout the 4-day long vaccination drive, almost 1,182 inmates received their first dose of vaccination.
Certificates were issued to every inmate after they were injected. The inmates require to carry these certificates along with them during the vaccination of the second dose.
He/she can use that certificate to get vaccine anywhere even after they get released from jail in due course.
Inmates at the Abhayapuri and Diphu District Jails will get vaccinated next.
The second wave of the pandemic has victimised 579 inmates so far, among which 379 have recovered.
Superintendent of Guwahati Central Jail, Ranjit Chandra Baishya, was rewarded for the smooth execution of the drive along with Kalyan Kumar Choudhury and Nilotpal Kakoti, the jailor and assistant jailor respectively.