Massive COVID vaccination drive in Odisha capital from April 1

Bhubaneswar:  Keeping in view the rising cases of COVID-19 in various educational institutions, Odisha Government has decided to vaccinate teachers aged above 45 years of both Government and private schools under the massive immunization drive in the state capital starting April 1.

Briefing mediapersons,  Bhubaneswar Municipal Corporation (BMC) Commissioner Prem Chandra Chaudhary today said teachers aged above 45 years of both Government and private schools,  street vendors, staff of malls, restaurant and  state Electricity Department staff in Bhubaneswar will be administered with COVID-19 jab on priority basis from April 1.

“We have prepared a list of around 20,000 people belonging to the five categories and targeted to cover all of  them in the vaccination drive in a month or two,” said the official.

He further said, “Massive vaccination drive will begin on April 1. The number of testing will also be increased to curb spread of the virus. A target has been set to conduct 6,000 COVID-19 tests daily in the state capital.”

Chaudhary also informed that three new cases have been reported from Balaji apartment here and all have been quarantined. Similarly, three students of ODM school have tested positive for the virus and contact tracing is  underway. Two to three places in the state capital have been seized, he added

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