Bhubaneswar: Odisha Health & Family Welfare Department has decided to take up COVID-19 vaccination of the staff & employees of medicine shops across the state on a priority basis.
However, it is subject to the availability of vaccines, the State health department said.
Additional Chief Secretary (Health) PK Mohapatra, has written to all Collector and Municipal Commissioners, CDMs & PHOs regarding vaccination of staff & employees of Medicine shops across Odisha.
Mohapatra, in the letter, stated that the staff & employees working in Medicine shops are providing services uninterruptedly to the general public during the pandemic and also during lockdown & shutdown in the State.
In view of their nature of work, the district officials have been requested to vaccinate the staff and employees working in Medicine shops on a priority subject to availability of vaccines.
The employees aged 45 years & above shall be vaccinated with Govt of India supply vaccine and employees aged 18 to 44 years shall be vaccinated with State procured vaccines, the Health ACS further directed.