COVID-19: Over 60,000 Vaccinated in Three Days in Odisha

Odisha’s COVID-19 vaccination drive has achieved about 88% of the total targeted number, shows the data after three days. So far, five cases of adverse reactions among those vaccinated have been registered, informed the health authorities. Over 60,000 healthcare workers have been vaccinated in the first three days of the drive.

Health department sources said that the vaccination drive was conducted at 182 sites against 192 sites in 26 districts and the capital city of Bhubaneswar. The target was to vaccinate 16,261 healthcare workers, but so far, 14,292 have been vaccinated. In Bhubaneswar, 1616 out of 2336, targeted healthcare professionals got the vaccine shot, registering a coverage of 69%.

A health department official referring to the fall in immunization coverage from Monday to Tuesday, said, “Over the days we are moving from tertiary care facilities to community-level health workers. The daily turnout is expected to come down in community-level due to issues like timely information, travel to the health facility and others.”

Further, in the second consignment, the state received 3,34,500 doses of the Covishield vaccine, which would cover all healthcare recipient workers across the state. “We now hope to complete the first phase, covering all the registered 3.28 lakh healthcare workers, by January 25,” said Pradipta Mohapatra, additional chief secretary (health).

Mohapatra also confirmed that five recipients of the vaccine, so far, have reported adverse side effects. These reports include two from Sundargarh and one each from Bargarh, Jharsuguda and Bhubaneswar. “All had mild symptoms. Two of these (one in Bargarh and another in Sundargarh) were among those vaccinated on Monday. All of them are well now,” he said.

On the first day of the vaccine drive, 13,980 healthcare workers were given the shot, while 32,526 and 14,291 have received the vaccine on the second and the third day.

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