Odisha Corona Warriors, Elderly For Free Vaccines: Minister

Cuttack: Odisha is expected to start the coronavirus vaccination campaign from January 2021, and COVID warriors as well as the elderly in the state will receive the vaccine for free, Minister of Health and Family Welfare, Naba Kishore Das, said Thursday.

“Doctors and health workers who are our corona warriors and the elderly in Odisha are given the COVID-19 vaccine for free. In the second phase, we asked the center to vaccinate the community, drinking water and other public health workers in the state, ”the ministers here told reporters.

Prior to this, Prime Minister Naveen Patnaik had stated that priority would be given to pregnant women and people over the age of 60 as well as health workers in the distribution of the COVID-19 vaccine.

The director of family planning, Bijaya Panigrahi, had also informed about the draft that the state government had prepared for the vaccination campaign. The points mentioned are as follows:

– In the first phase 3.2 lakh health workers and ICDS (Integrated Child Development Service) staff will be vaccinated.

– 29,276 centers were identified for vaccination

– 100-200 health workers and ICDS workers will be vaccinated at each center.

– Registration of all health workers is mandatory for vaccination. There is no spot registration.

– 8,276 vaccines are used for vaccination.

– A vaccine, a vaccine officer, an examiner and two supervisors are used in each vaccination center.

– After vaccination, every health and ICDS worker will receive a certificate after being observed for at least 30 minutes.

– For the safe storage of vaccines, Odisha has a vaccine store at the state level, 9 regional stores and 32 stores at the district level.

– Odisha has 1222 cold chains for uninterrupted series of refrigerated manufacture, storage and distribution of vaccines.

– To transport the vaccines, Odisha has 1796 Ice Lined Refrigerators (ILRs) and 1771 freezers.

– The state government has set up the task force at state and district level to ensure that the vaccination runs smoothly.

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