Odisha’s COVD-19 vaccination rate surpasses national average
Chief Secretary directed official concerned to step up efforts to achieve 100 % first dose vaccination of population above 18 years of age by December end.
Bhubaneswar: The COVID-19 vaccination rate in Odisha has surpassed the national average with least procedural wastage of vaccine doses. The state’s first dose COVID vaccination coverage stands at 82.4 % as against the national average of 79.8 %, informed Health and Family Welfare Department Additional Chief Secretary Raj Kumar Sharma here today.
At a high-level review meeting held under the chairmanship of Chief Secretary Suresh Mahapatra, Sharma said “The total vaccination in the state Odisha crossed 4.03 crore by November 13. Out of this 2,68,04,755 number of persons received 1st dose and around 1,34,96,059 received the 2nd dose. The portion of 18+ population, who received first dose, was 82.4% against the national average of 79.8%. Similarly, 41.5% of the population received the second dose against the national average of 38.4%,” he said.
A target was set to accomplish 90% administration of the first dose by November 30. The Chief Secretary directed official concerned to step it up to 100 % by December end.
Taking a district wise review of the progress, the Chief Secretary said, “We are in a transitional phase of the pandemic. There has been substantial reduction in number of positive cases. At this point of time, we have to intensify the vaccination drive before the possible third wave of the pandemic.”
He directed Collectors of all districts to prepare the village and GP level micro plan for vaccination and ensure cent percent implementation of the micro plans on campaign mode through door-to-door survey. The Collectors were also asked to intensify the campaign and open more number of vaccination centers at village and GP level.
National Health Mission (NHM) Director Shalini Pandit said, “because of the proper care in storing, transportation and administration of the vaccine, the wastage of the doses was least in Odisha. The vaccine waste dipped to -5.3% in the state thereby saving around 20 lakhs of the doses.”