Bhubaneswar: The second round of Covid-19 vaccination of healthcare workers (HCWs) in Odisha began on Monday.
The healthcare workers will be receiving the second dose of vaccine, 28 days after getting the first jab.
The second dose of the vaccine, scheduled to be administered post 28 days of the first dose, will be given to those beneficiaries who were covered in the first phase of immunisation. The process starts on February 15.
The move came after Joint Secretary of Union Health Ministry recently informed States and UTs that the scheduling of the first round of vaccination of healthcare workers must be done by February 20 and completed by February 25.
The Union Ministry of Health and Family Welfare informed on Saturday that 7,688 beneficiaries of the first dose of Covid vaccine turned up to receive their second shot, which comes to just 4 per cent of the beneficiaries who received vaccines on the launch day of the nationwide Covid immunisation drive on January 16 in which 1,91,181 healthcare workers were vaccinated.
As per reports, the Centre has set a deadline for completing vaccination of frontline workers by March 6. Bhandari said that at least one round of vaccination must be scheduled by March 1.