COVID-19: Odisha to Step Up Vaccination Drive

Buoyed by over 85 percent immunisation recorded on the first day of the COVID-19 vaccination drive, the Odisha government has finalised a plan to increase the number of people receiving COVID-19 jabs, a senior official said.

“From Monday onwards, all medical colleges, both government and private, will conduct at least five sessions per day in different locations, and in each session site, 200 beneficiaries will be targeted,” said Additional Chief Secretary, Health and Family Welfare, P K Mohapatra.

“For each session site, two vaccinators and four vaccination officers shall be deployed. Sessions shall be conducted on working days,” Mohapatra added.

District headquarters hospitals and sub-divisional hospitals will also conduct one to two sessions per day depending on the beneficiary load of the institution. The aim is to reach 100 per day for each session.

Similarly, Community Health Centres and Urban CHCs will conduct one session per day and the target for each session is 100. In these institutions, the sessions will be planned on Monday, Thursday and Saturday.

The detailed session plan will be prepared based on the availability of vaccines. A consolidated plan will be submitted to the state by Monday noon, according to Mohapatra.

The state government aims to conclude the first phase of vaccination by January 25. Approximately 3.28 lakh frontline workers are expected to be covered in the first phase.

Notably, on the first day of the vaccination programme, as many as 13,980 beneficiaries were administered COVID-19 vaccines across 161 session sites.

Though some minor side effects were noticed in Dhenkanal, Salipur and Rayagada after some people got the shot of COVID vaccine, it was due to nervousness, said Director of Health Department Bijay Panigrahi. He also added that no major side effects have been reported thus far.

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