Covid Vaccination Will Be Paused On Jan 31, Feb 1 & 2 For Pulse Polio Immunization: Odisha Health Director

Bhubaneswar: After a short break since January 25, the first phase Covid vaccination drive, launched from January 16, restarted yesterday (January 27) in all the districts across Odisha and the State Administration has targeted to vaccinate all the registered health workers by February 10 so that the second dose can begin as well as the first dose for the second phase beneficiaries.

Speaking to media today, Odisha Health and Family Welfare (H&FW) Director Bijay Panigrahi said, “Since January 16 till yesterday, our vaccination drive is underway successfully. Till date, 1,78,227 health workers have already been vaccinated out of the total 3,38,700 registered health workers. The rest 1,60,473 registered health workers are being vaccinated from today onwards and they all will be inoculated by February 10 as per our target.”

He informed, “The vaccination programme restarted today in all the districts across the State. It will continue till February 10. In between, it will be paused for the pulse polio immunization programme on January 31, February 1 and 2. Covid vaccination programme will be paused for these three days. But, we have targeted to complete the first dose Covid vaccination for all the registered health workers by February 10.”

Responding to media query, he clarified, “Whatever cases of side-effects after Covid vaccination have been reported from our State, they are all minor AEFI. The only case from Nuapada was due to some complications in blood following which there was cerebral bleeding resulting in death. The death hasn’t any link with the Covid vaccine. Our AEFI committee will give the final opinion on the death case after analyzing all the reports like the blood report, post mortem report, etc. Whatever medical enquiry has been made into the case till now, we have assumed not to attribute the death to Covid vaccine.”

“Database of the frontline workers has not yet been complete. After it is done and we receive direction, we’ll be beginning our second phase vaccination,” the Health Director further informed.