The vaccine is here, but not enough to cover the target

The state received the first consignment of Covid-19 vaccines from both India’s approved manufacturers. However, the stock received here is insufficient to in-oculate even the state’s registered health workers.

The vaccines arrived at the Biju Patnaik International Airport from Pune in a special aircraft and were taken to the state capital’s storage center amid tight security. According to airport authorities, 34packets of the prophylactic product weighing around 1200 kilograms were delivered to Odisha.

In a statement, the government said they had received 4.08 lakh doses of Covidshield from the Serum Institute of India and 20,000 doses of Covaxin from Bharat Biotech. “50 percent of the vaccines received will be supplied to districts for first dose vaccination, and the remaining 50 percent wffi be supplied in time for the second dose.

Bijay Panigrahi, state health director, said the latest list of registered health workers stood at 3.33 lakh, but the quantum of vaccines that arrived Tuesday is not enough to cover all the registered health workers. Meanwhile, On Tuesday, the Government of Odisha announced high-risk categories among health workers who will be given priority.

Panigrahi said, ” With the vaccines received in the first lot, 1.91akh healthcare workers will be vaccinated. As the quantity of vaccines received here is not matching our requirement, we have to make a priority list even in the health workers’ first list. Those health workers who are elderly, working in highly exposed environments and other high-risk groups will get the vaccines first.” The official said on January 16, a total of 16,000 health workers will be vaccinated, with each center entitled to give 100 vaccinations.

The government said Covishield vaccines would be supplied to all 30 districts, and Covaxin vaccines will be supplied to the Bhubaneswar Municipal Corporation area. The government clarified that all beneficiaries should complete vaccination using the same vaccines to ensure that there is no scope for interchangeability of vaccines. 

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