Odisha government will lunch Pneumococcal Conjugate Vaccine (PCV) under the Universal Immunization Programme on the 30th of this month. As per the official information, it will benefit nearly eight lakh young children in the state annually and will help reduce the risk of morbidity and mortality due to pneumonia and meningitis.
AIR correspondent reports that the program, being planned against the backdrop of the prevailing pandemic, will be launched virtually at the state level. In yet another development, the state government has cancelled the allocation of covid-19 vaccines to the private hospitals following the supply of vaccines for all age groups by the centre.
Earlier, the state government had sponsored vaccination centres in private hospitals for 18 to 44 years age group by providing them with a share of the state- procured vaccines. Meanwhile, about 282000 beneficiaries have been vaccinated against covid-19 in about 1400 session sites across the state yesterday.