Odisha receives Second Consignment of COVID-19 Vaccine

Odisha has received its second consignment of the COVID-19 vaccine on Wednesday. The consignment was sent by a special plane which brought 20,000 vials of ‘Covaxin’ to the Biju Patnaik International Airport.

The state had received the first consignment of the vaccine on Tuesday. The first consignment had 40,822 vials of ‘Covishield’, manufactured by Pune based Serum Institute of India, which too was transported by a special flight.

Covaxin, developed in Hyderabad under Bharat Biotech and ICMR, was immediately transferred to the state vaccine store upon arrival. As per officials, Covaxin will be administered to people in the state capital, whereas Covishield will be distributed in other areas of the state. Further Covaxin doses, if available, will be administered to people in other urban areas.

The first consignment of Covishield comprising 4.08 lakh doses is scheduled to be dispatched to other districts within 48 hours before the launch of the vaccination drive on January 16.

Vaccines have already reached Cuttack, Puri, and Nayagarh districts and special vehicles with police escorts have been arranged for transportation of the vials to all the 162 vaccination centres.

The vaccination drive will work on a priority basis. If the vaccine availability is insufficient to cover all institutions of a certain category (primary/secondary/tertiary), the one with the higher patient load will be prioritised.

Similarly, if the vials are insufficient to cover all the workers within a healthcare facility, people of higher age will be vaccinated first. Approximately 1.9 lakh healthcare workers (HCWs) will be receiving the vaccine with around 4.28 lakh doses as both the vaccines have a wastage factor of 10 pc. So far, 160 session sites have been identified for vaccination of 3.33 lakh HCWs and ICDS functionaries.

“It is a moment of great joy. Odisha is fully prepared with an elaborate system for a seamless vaccination programme to save precious lives”, said Chief Minister Naveen Patnaik on the arrival of COVID vaccines.

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