Odisha Administers Over 10 Lakh COVID-19 Vaccines in 45 Days
In the last 45 days, Odisha has administered over 10 lakh doses of the COVID-19 vaccine to healthcare and frontline workers, senior citizens, as well as people with comorbidities. As per information from the Health and Family Welfare department, more than 10 lakh doses of Covishield and Covaxin have been administered from January 16 to March 10, excluding the holidays, and Village Health and Nutrition Day.
The first five lakh doses were given in 30 days, while the next five lakh were administered in a fortnight. As of Thursday, 3,271 beneficiaries, including 2,282 elderly persons got vaccinated, taking the total number of beneficiaries to 10,17,048. Chief Minister Naveen Patnaik has commended the hard work and dedication of the frontline health workers.
Odisha is among 13 states that have administered the second dose of vaccine to more than 80 percent of the eligible healthcare workers. However, the State has recorded lesser vaccination coverage in private facilities as compared to the national average. Only 21 percent of the beneficiaries in the state have opted for private healthcare facilities for vaccination whereas nationally, the average stands at 29 percent.
Meanwhile, after the detection of 63 positive cases in the last 24 hours, Odisha’s COVID-19 case count surged to 3,37,992. These new cases were detected in 14 districts. Out of these districts, Mayurbhanj has reported the highest with 14 new cases, followed by Cuttack with 11 cases and seven cases each in Sundargarh and Balasore. The State currently has 614 active cases while 3,35,408 patients have recovered.