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Odisha Faces Acute Covishiled Shortage

Bhubaneswar: Odisha is facing acute shortage of Covishiled Vaccine for which the State is not able to provide Second Dose to the beneficiaries of 45 and above age group.

While Vaccine required for beneficiaries due for Second Dose is 6.3 Lakh, there are only 1.1 Lakh Doses of Covishiled available in the State, admit Health Officials.

Situation is alarming and the State Government has raised the issue with the authorities, said sources.

Vaccine available as on 29 April is that of Covishiled only 1,06,660 and Covaxin is 3,34,500.

So the State Government is forced to plan less number of sessions for 30 April. It is only 392 and no sessions are planned for Boudh, Sonepur, Sambalpur, Jharsuguda and Koraput, said sources.

While Over 57 Lakh beneficiaries have been benefitted through Vaccination Program as Odisha with less vaccines, the process will slow down apprehend senior officials.

 ACS Health & Family Welfare Pradipta Kumar Mohapatra reviewed Vaccination Management Program on 29 April, which reveals that as on date Odisha has covered 57,76,371 beneficiaries till date.

While Odisha is facing serious dearth of vaccines, and not been able to get the required amount, however with existing availability of resources, State Government continues to cover the areas.

Total vaccinated till date  have crossed 57 lakh out of which 45 years & above taken 1st Dose are 43,02,094  and similar age group having second dose are 5,04,358.

COVID-19 Vaccination Report on 29 April, reveals that there were only 288 sessions of which  61 are Covaxin and 27,602  beneficiaries were vaccinated.

Imagine, Odisha planned to vaccinate 3 Lakh per day and due to acute shortage of vaccines not even 30,000 beneficiaries are covered in a day of the target.

As on 29 April, Health Care Worker (HCW) vaccinated with1st dose are 362, HCW vaccinated with 2nd dose 287 were covered.

Front Line Worker (FLW) vaccinated with1st dose are 1558 and FLW vaccinated with 2nd dose are 268.

Age 45 years & above with1st Dose are 12,771 and Age 45 years & above with 2nd dose are 12,356.

So far Cumulative coverage is concerned HCW with1st dose are 3,24,093 HCW with 2nd dose were 2,72, 513 and FLW with 1st dose 2,13,916, FLW with 2nd dose are 1,59,397.