Odisha yesterday received the first consignment of Covishield as part of its own procurement initiative. The consignment of one lakh doses of the vaccine received from the Serum Institute of India will be used to vaccinate people in the age group of 18 to 44 years. AIR correspondent reports that consequent upon limited availability of covid vaccines, the Odisha government has decided to start vaccinating 18 to 44 age group people, only in 5 Municipal Corporation areas of the state, now battling higher rate of infection.
In yet another development, the state government has allowed private hospitals to double up as covid vaccination centres for the 18 to 44 age group beneficiaries only, while authorising them to charge upto one hundred rupees per dose as service charge. These hospitals, intended to act as extensions of the government covid vaccination centres, will be supplied with the vaccines free of cost by the government.
Meanwhile, the state has already vaccinated over 61 lakh beneficiaries even as the rising viral trajectory has left the state handling over 90,000 active cases, as of now.