The vaccination drive for COVID-19 had already begun but will remain halted across Odisha on Sunday. Pradipta Kumar Mohapatra, Additional Chief Secretary (Health and Family Welfare) informed that a decision has been taken to suspend the vaccination process on Sunday but will be resuming from Monday.
Mohapatra stated that this decision was taken so that they can observe the after-effect of the vaccines on the health workers for one day. The immunization drive has already started in Bhubaneswar at Capital Hospital and as per the report, Biranchi Nayak of age 51 was given the first COVID-19 vaccine following by the director and a doctor of the Capital Hospital.
Around 16,100 health workers and frontline warriors will be vaccinated in 161 session sites in the state with 100 health workers at each site. Mohapatra further stated that the authority has developed the database of 3.28 Lakh health workers for the vaccination of the first phase but about 1.92 lakh health workers will be vaccinated due to the considerable number of Covishield and Covaxin vaccines the state has received.
The second phase of vaccination will be conducted by 25th January where the enumeration of the frontline workers such as Police and Fire Services personnel has begun while the enumeration of the municipality workers, executive officers, and the employees of the Revenue Department will be done in the subsequent phases.
The health workers who were vaccinated will be given the second dose after 28 days of a gap and their antibody will develop after 14 days of the second dose.
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