With the first consignment of Covid-19 vaccines arriving here Tuesday, the Bhubaneswar Municipal Corporation (BMC) began its preparations for the first phase of the vaccination to be conducted at five healthcare facilities in the Capital city.
Speaking to media persons, BMC Commissioner Prem Chandra Chaudhary said that the inoculation drive would be launched at Capital Hospital, Community Health Centre (CHC) at Unit-IV, BMC Hospital in Old Town, SUM Hospital, and Kalinga Institute of Medical Sciences (KIMS) at Patia, Saturday.
“Initially, the immunization will be conducted at five centers in the city. There are about 27,600 beneficiaries of the vaccine in Kurda district during the first phase, out of which, around 20,000 belong to Bhubaneswar alone. Moreover, we have also made arrangements at 27 government hospitals, including Capital Hospital and 18 private hospitals, which will later be used as vaccination centers,” Chaudhary said.
Furthermore, the civic authority has prepared a list of about 21,000 doctors, health workers, and medical staff. The BMC has also asked the vaccination centers to constitute a five-member team to smooth the vaccination drive’s smooth execution. The team comprises vaccinators and observers who will be evolved in administering the vaccines and observing the patient for any complications. ‘A supervisor will oversee the vaccination program at each center. Post-vaccination, every patient will have to wait for 30 minutes to observe any complications or adverse effects. ID proof is a must for getting the Covid shot. However, only the beneficiaries registered on the Co-WIN portal will be allowed to be part of the vaccination,” said a senior BMC official.