Odisha Faces Acute Shortage Of Covid Vaccines, 1073 Sites Closed

Bhubaneswar: With Odisha facing an acute shortage of Covid vaccine, inoculation of age-appropriate people could be carried out only at 427 sites out of the 1500 sites in the State on Saturday, informed Dr Bijay Panigrahi, Director of Family Welfare and State Nodal Immunisation Officer.

Dr Panigrahi said that Covid vaccination has been halted in three districts of Jharsuguda, Nuapada and Koraput due to non-availability of vaccines.

He further said immunisation has been cancelled on weekends in urban areas in the 10 districts of Sundergarh, Jharsuguda, Sambalpur, Bargarh, Bolangir, Nuapada, Kalahandi, Nawrangpur, Koraput and Malkangiri on account of weekend shutdown clamped by the State government in these districts.

Taking into account the stock of available doses of the vaccines in the State, vaccination can be undertaken for a maximum of 2-3 days, he added.

The State Nodal Immunisation Officer informed that the State currently has 3.6 lakh doses of Covishield and 2.3 lakh doses of Covaxin vaccine remaining in its stock.

Dr Panigrahi was hopeful that the Centre would soon despatch Covid vaccines to the State as the State Government has written to it several times on its requirement of vaccine doses, but he was not sure when the consignment would arrive.

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