COVID-19: Over 16,000 receive Vaccine Jab in Odisha on Day-I

Odisha kickstarted its COVID-19 vaccination campaign on Saturday, along with the rest of the country, by inoculating around 16,100 people in 161 session sites across the state. Shortly after Prime Minister Narendra Modi flagged off the nationwide vaccination campaign, a fifty-one-year-old frontline worker at the Capital Hospital became the first person to be administered the jab around 11 am in the state.

“The first vaccine dose was given to a class-IV frontline worker at Capital Hospital here. The director of the hospital and a doctor were the next to be inoculated,” additional chief secretary, health and family welfare, PK Mohapatra said. Mohapatra added that the early recipients were immediately shifted to an observation room to look for any adverse effect following the vaccination. The first set of people who were vaccinated on Saturday were chosen from a list of healthcare and Angandi workers, as per official sources.

During an interaction with chief minister Naveen Patnaik through video conferencing, the first recipient, Biranchi Naik, said, “I got the shot about one hour ago and do not feel any substantial side effect. I am absolutely fine.”

Mohapatra said that the Odisha government was looking to actively vaccinate around 3 lakh people by January 25th. “The state has so far received 1.93 lakh doses and expects more soon”, he said. After the initial drive on Saturday and Sunday, the process shall be halted to observe any antithetical outcomes and the results of the drive.

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