COVID vaccine shortage: Vaccination halted in 11 Odisha districts

Bhubaneswar: Even as the Tika Utsav is being carried out across the country as a part of the COVID-19 vaccination drive, shortage of vaccine halted the process in as many as 11 districts of Odisha.

COVID-19 vaccine administration came to a halt in Sambalpur, Puri, Jajpur, Bhadrak, Nayagarh, Boudh, Gajapati, Dhenkanal, Koraput, Jharsuguda and Sonepur districts due to non-availability of vaccine, informed Health & Family Welfare Department Director Bijay Panigrahi today.

Vaccination drive was underway at 505 centres in rest 19 districts of the state. Around 2 lakh doses of Covaxin will reach the state today while 2.71 lakh doses of Covishield were received yesterday.

Odisha Health Minister Naba Das had yesterday written to Union Health Minister Dr. Harsh Vardhan urging the latter to supply at least 10 days stock of Covishield (25 lakh doses).

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