Odisha Urges Centre To Provide Covid-19 Vaccines For Precaution Dose To Left Out Citizens


Bhubaneswar: Odisha Government on Thursday requested the Centre to provide additional quantity of Covid 19 vaccine to be used as precaution dose to the beneficiaries who were left out in the State.

In a letter to the Union Health Minister, Odisha Health and Family Welfare Minister Naba Dash on Thursday also requested to issue required guidelines for the vaccinations to the left out citizens.

The development came in the wake of the outbreak of new variant BF.7 of COVID-19 in some countries like China, Japan, USA, Brazil, Republic of Korea.

The precaution dose will be administered to the left out citizens at Government Covid 19 vaccination centres (CVCs), he stated.

Dash wrote “As of now, 8,14 crore doses have been given as first dose and 3.30 crore doses as second dose to the people aged 12 years & above and 1.31 crore doses to the citizens aged 18 years and above as precaution dose in the State. Hence, the precaution dose has covered only 41% of the population.”

The minister mentioned that that Odisha has stock of vaccines presently. There is further requirement of precaution dose to cater to left out 1.93 crore against total of 3.25 crore citizens, the letter read.

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