Bhubaneswar: Odisha Health and Family Welfare Department Additional Chief Secretary, Pradipta Kumar Mohapatra, today said that COVID-19 vaccination will resume on Monday. The one day gap is deliberately being done to observe the after-effects of the vaccines on health workers.
Mohapatra told reporters here on Saturday that the vaccination began at Capital Hospital at 11.05 am. Biranchi Nayak (51), a Class IV employee of the hospital, was administered the first shot of coronavirus vaccine. He was followed by the Director and a doctor from Capital Hospital.
Mohapatra said a total of 16,100 health workers and frontline warriors will be vaccinated in 161 session sites in the state with 100 health workers at each site.
A database has been prepared for 3.28 lakh health workers for the vaccination in the first phase, Mohapatra said and added that both Covishield and Covaxin vaccines will be used. Nearly 1.92 lakh health workers will be vaccinated in the first phase, he said.
The remaining health workers will be vaccinated in the second phase by January 25, he added.
Mohapatra said the enumeration of the frontline workers such as Police and Fire Services personnel have begun while the enumeration of the municipality workers, executive officers and the employees of the Revenue Department will be done in the subsequent phases and completed by January 25.
The database of these frontline workers will be uploaded on the Co-Win portal.
The vaccination of the persons above 50 years and the persons below 50 years having comorbidity will begin after the frontline workers are vaccinated.
The second dose will be administered after 28 days and their antibody will develop after 14 days of the second dose. Mohapatra said the health workers will get the SMS for the second dose.