Bhubaneswar: Soon after the launching of the much-awaited Covid-19 immunization programme under the jurisdiction of Bhubaneswar Municipal Corporation (BMC) here in the city, the BMC Commissioner allayed apprehensions of any negative effects of the vaccine citing instances on the CHC premises here.
Briefing media, BMC Commissioner Prem Chandra Chaudhury said, “No side reactions after the vaccination have been reported until now. In the first one hour, 19 beneficiaries had been vaccinated. All the 19 persons are well and fine. Everyone is being kept under observation for half an hour as per the Health guideline. Our doctors and concerned staff of this CHC are on constant touch with them all. In case of any side-effects reported, our system is completely ready to deal with the emergency.”
He explained, “The negative environment that was being created and suspected will now obviously subside soon after the persons have already been vaccinated and no health complications reported till now. All our shortlisted beneficiaries will be covered in the entire phase. As we are implementing the first phase without any problem, the same will also be ensured for the second phase vaccination drive.”
He informed, “While we began the vaccination at 11.05 am, our first hour reporting stated that 100 beneficiaries had already been vaccinated till 11.45 am today. After 1 pm we will get again the feedback. Thus, we have crossed the cumulative figure of 100 at the six centres here by this time.”
Responding to media query, the BMC Commissioner informed, “For Monday vaccination programme, we’ll be creating the session sites today itself. Our locations and number of beneficiaries will increase from Monday. We have 9000 beneficiaries for the first phase and they will all be vaccinated by January 25. From Monday, minimum 10-15 centres will be in place, including the present six centres.”
He further informed, “Our total target is around 26,000 beneficiaries. While 21,000 beneficiaries are our State Government health workers, 5,000 are Central Government health workers belonging to AIIMS, Railways, etc.
They will be covered when our second lot of vaccine will be available here.”