GUWAHATI: The Gauhati High Court officials shall be considered frontline workers for the administration of the COVID-19 booster dose in Assam.

The state health department has issued a notification stating that all judges, judicial officers, other officers, and staff of Gauhati High Court and subordinate courts in Assam, including lawyers appearing in various courts, will be considered as frontline workers for COVID vaccination.

“As such, each of the eligible officers/staff of the mentioned institutions, who have completed 39 weeks (nine months) from the date of second dose of vaccination are eligible to get the precautionary dose of COVID vaccine, as per the guidelines issued for precautionary dose of vaccination,” the notification read.

All officers and staff of different prisons in Assam will also be considered frontline workers, and hence, will be eligible for the precautionary dose, the department informed.

“Precautionary dose for all healthcare workers, frontline workers and those above 60 years with co-morbidities has also been initiated with effect from January 10, 2022. The state government had considered all state government employees, especially those involved in maintenance of law and order, starting from police personnel to judiciary to prison staff who provide public service despite the impact of COVID, as frontline workers for first and second dose vaccination during the year 2021,” the notification issued by the principal secretary, health and family welfare (Assam), read.

Health officials informed EastMojo that about 1.70 lakh frontline health workers and persons with co-morbid conditions above the age of 60 have been administered the precautionary or booster dose three weeks after the launch of the drive on January 10.

“The response to the booster dose drive has been good. Regarding stock availability, we have a sufficient number of doses available. The state health department has also initiated the second dose COVID-19 vaccination drive among adolescents between 15 and 18 years of age,” said a source. 

The department aims to conclude the entire vaccination process for this specific group by the end of this month so that candidates of the state Board exams, scheduled to begin from mid-March, are fully inoculated and ready to appear in the exams.

Meanwhile, over 8.80 lakh beneficiaries in the group have been given the first dose since the campaign was launched on January 3 this year, health sources informed.

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