Bhubaneswar: While Odisha is facing a crisis due to extremely low and intermittent supply of COVID-19 Vaccines, Minister Health & Family Welfare Naba Kishore Das has requested to urgently supply at least 25 Lakh doses of Covishield in a single lot as an emergency measure.
Mr.Das has written to Union Minister Harsha Vardhan in this regard foe enabling the State Government to plan sessions in advance and urdertake the vaccination program effectively.
Till 14 April, Odisha has received 50,79, 650 doses of vaccines, out of which 45, 42,870 doses are of Covishield vaccines and 5,36, 780 are of Covaxin vaccine.
Presently there is nil stock of Covishield vaccine in the State, Regional and District Stroes and only 1,74, 004 Doses of Covishield and 2,49, 196 doses of Covaxin are available in pipeline across the state.
The balance stock of Covishield will last for one day only, pointed out Mr.Das adding that State Government was prepared to undertake 3 Lakh vaccination daily, however of late, Odisha is being allocated only about 2-3 lakh vaccine doses at a time.
In the State, it takes about 3 days to transfer vaccine from the State Vaccine Store to Cold Chain Points through RVS nad DVS for the far off districts.
Due to such intermittent supply, there is intermittent stock out situation in CCPs and Sessions can not be conducted as planned.
Therefore, Mr.Das requested to urgently supply at least 10 days stock of Covishield (25 Lakh) doses in a single lot as an emergency measure to enable us to plan sessions in advance and undertake the vaccination program effectively.