Stage all set for vax drive today


Bhubaneswar Jan 15: The state government’s ma-chinery is all set to admin-ister Covid-19 vaccine shots to all eligible beneficiaries from Saturday.

 Health officials Friday said, 161 vaccination cen-tres have been set up to ad-minister the prophylactic against the pandemic. While all the hospitals in Bhubaneswar will admin-ister the indigenously de-veloped Covaxin, all other areas of the state will see ad-ministration of Covishield from Serum Institute of India. The state health de-partment Friday announced that new guidelines for ad-ministration of the vaccine have been issued to the state. “From tomorrow, we are going to start our vaccina-tion drive. The launch will be done in 161 centres. We are all set to undertake the mass administration of vac-cination. The waiting room, .

 vaccination room and ob-servation rooms are ready” said Bijay Panigrahi, di-rector, State Health and Family WP1fare Department He said that there would be a team of five members at each centre comprising a doctor, pharmacist and health worker who will be given the vaccine. “Pregnant and lactating women would not be administered the vac-cines. Also, those hospitalised and seriously ill should not be given the vaccine. Minors would also be barred from the vaccination drive,” Panigrahi said. 

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