1.92 Lakh Healthcare Workers In Odisha To Receive Covid Vaccine Jab In 1st Phase

Bhubaneswar: Odisha has received 4.08 lakh doses of COVISHIELD vaccine and 20,000 doses of COVAXIN vaccine for the first phase vaccination programme of 1,92,555 healthcare workers against Covid-19, said an official press release issued here today.

While each COVISHIELD vaccine vial contains 10 doses, COVAXIN vaccine vial contains 20 doses.

Keeping in view the number of healthcare workers registered for the vaccination programme requisite quantities of vaccine doses have been delivered to districts. As per the instructions of the Government of India each healthcare worker can get two shots of a particular vaccine (COVISHIELD or COVAXIN). Under no circumstances can one take shots of two different vaccine varieties.

Steps have been taken to follow the principle of saturation of a healthcare institution and ensure that there is sufficient vaccine supply for all healthcare workers of that institution from safai karmachari to doctors.

Healthcare institutions (government and private) will be prioritized for vaccination in the order of the level of care they provide. Healthcare workers of institutions providing tertiary care will be the first to receive the jab, followed by secondary care and then primary care.

In the case where vaccine available is insufficient to cover all workers within a health facility, healthcare workers with higher age will be prioritized.

Vaccination programme will be rolled out at 160 identified session sites across the State on January 16.
A meeting of the State Steering Committee on Covid management chaired by the Chief Secretary was held on Wednesday last.

the meeting was attended by Development Commissioner, Additional Chief Secretary Health & Family Welfare Department, Secretaries of different departments, Mission Director, National Health Mission, Odisha and other senior officials.

It was decided at the meeting to prepare a database of Revenue Department officials directly involved in Covid management for vaccination.

On the same day, Additional Chief Secretary Health and Family Welfare Department chaired a review meeting on preparation for Covid vaccination with District Collectors, Chief District Medical Officers, and Municipal Commissioners.

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