COVID-19: Odisha Plans to Vaccinate 1 Lakh Elderly People Daily

The Odisha government plans to step up the COVID-19 vaccination drive as it targets inoculation of at least one lakh senior citizens per day. This decision comes after the state received more than nine lakh additional doses of Covishield, along with the Centre’s assurance of a steady supply of the vaccine.

Additional Chief Secretary (Health) Pradipta Kumar Mohapatra said people above the age of 60 residing in rural areas will be mobilized by ASHA and Anganwadi workers and efforts will continue to cover a large number of people quickly.

As there are around 45 lakh people above 60 years of age in the state, the government aims to complete their first dose by the end of April.

Private hospitals are encouraged to absorb more numbers for wider coverage and reduce the rush in government facilities. Though approximately one lakh shots will be given to the elderly, the second dose of vaccines for the healthcare workers and frontline workers will continue simultaneously as per their due dates.

As on Tuesday, vaccines were given to a total of 63,929 including 37,407 elderly people, raising the total number of elderly vaccinated with the first dose in the state to 2,25,365. On Monday, the state registered the single-day highest vaccinations with 85,884 people including 48,024 people in the 60 years or above bracket.

Comparing the districts, the highest of 28,036 senior citizens have taken the vaccine in Ganjam, while the lowest of 427 have received the shots in Deogarh. Till now, a total of 2,55,031 people have completed the full vaccination (two doses) in Odisha. These include 2,17,563 HCWs and 37,468 FLWs.

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