Odisha Begins Covid-19 Vaccination Drive For Senior Citizens

The third phase of the Covid-19 vaccination drive in Odisha is set to commence from today. In this phase, the state will cover senior citizens and people aged above 45 years with comorbidities. Initially, the vaccination drive will take place across 153 health facilities including 21 private hospitals.

Eligible beneficiaries will be able to get their doses of vaccine at government hospitals up to the sub-centre level and at select private hospitals. As per reports, the vaccine will be available at seven medical colleges and hospitals, 32 district headquarters hospitals, 19 sub-divisional hospitals (SDHs) and important CHCs.

The list of private hospitals includes eight in Bhubaneswar, two in Cuttack, one each in Balasore, Bhadrak, Mayurbhanj, Jajpur, Dhenkanal, Puri, Gajapati, Bargarh, Kalahandi, Nabarangpur and Sundargarh.

Beneficiaries can avail shots of Covaxin at both government and private hospitals in Bhubaneswar and Covishield in the rest of the State. The people will also have the flexibility to book time slots that suit them at the hospital of their choice.

Additional Chief Secretary of Health department PK Mohapatra said the drive will be initially launched at select health facilities and the number of vaccination centres will be increased depending on the number of enrolled beneficiaries.

The enrolment of beneficiaries will be conducted via two modes – registration through the CoWIN app and mobilisation through grassroots-level healthcare workers. Senior citizens will also have the choice to walk in for vaccination by producing the required documents such as an Aadhaar card, photo identity card, NFSA card or driving licence. People with comorbidities are required to produce a health certificate duly signed by a registered medical practitioner.

“After registration in CoWIN app through OTP, the beneficiaries will have to complete the demographic profile following which the vaccination centres will be displayed. They can choose one and schedule their appointment,” Mohapatra said.

Notably, the vaccine will be available free of cost at government hospitals while a cap of Rs 250 has been set for private hospitals.

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