Odisha govt cancels supply of Covid vaccine to pvt hospitals

Bhubaneswar: In view of the revised Covid-19 vaccination campaign guidelines issued by the Centre, the Odisha government today decided to stop supply of vaccines to private hospitals with immediate effect.

Additional Chief Secretary of Health and Family Welfare Department, PK Mohapatra in a letter to District Collectors, Municipal Commissioners and CDMOs, and PHOs directed them not to provide vaccines to the private hospital. Also, Mohapatra asked the officials to withdraw vaccine stock from the private hospitals.

Worth mentioning, the State had approved setting up of government-sponsored vaccination centres in private hospitals as an extension of government CVC vaccination of 18 to 44 year age group only from the State procured vaccine. However, the State government’s recent decision was taken after the Government of India decided to supply vaccines for vaccination of 18 years and above citizens.

The letter further mentioned the private hospitals interested for providing vaccination to citizens can procure vaccines directly from the manufacturer.

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