Certificate for COVID-19 Vaccine Receivers in Odisha

As Odisha readies infrastructure to equip itself for the COVID-19 vaccine, people who receive the shot in the first phase will be issued with a certificate, officials confirmed.

Member convenor of the state task force Dr Bijay Kumar Panigrahi said that Odisha is ready for the drive that is likely to begin early next year. Two doses of injectable vaccine will be given as per the prescribed duration. Around 3.2 lakh HCWs and ICDS functionaries will be vaccinated in the first phase.

“Once the vaccination is completed, the receiver will be issued with a certificate, which will be useful during travel and other documentation purposes with regard to Covid vaccine. For other vaccines, the documentation is done in a card issued to beneficiaries,” said Panigrahi.

Arrangements for maintaining the cold chain facilities have been made for what will be the biggest vaccination campaign. Odisha currently has 1,222 cold chain points with 1,796 ice-lined refrigerators and 1,771 deep freezers.

In addition to the state vaccine store, there are nine regional stores and 32 district stores which will be used for the purpose. In the first phase, frontline health workers will receive the vaccination.

“The beneficiary database has been uploaded in the Covid Vaccine Intelligence Network (Co-WIN) system for real-time tracking. Only pre-registered beneficiaries will be vaccinated. There will be a five-member team, including one to verify the database with the beneficiary and the vaccinator. Each site will have three rooms for waiting, vaccination and observation. Once vaccinated, the beneficiary will be kept in observation for 30 minutes,” Panigrahi added.

No official communication has been received on the details of the second phase of the vaccination drive yet. However, Panigrahi believes other frontline workers including policemen, armed forces, postal and railway staff are most likely to be included. Moreover, the focus during the third phase could turn to people above 50 years and those with comorbidities.

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