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Covid-19 vaccination is completely optional and not mandatory for health workers

Bhubaneswar: 6/1/21; The emergency Covid-19 vaccination is completely optional and not mandatory for health workers, said Director of Medical Education and Training (DMET) Dr. CBK Mohanty on Wednesday.“The State government had earlier clarified that only those who give their consent will be vaccinated. It is completely optional. We can’t force anybody to get vaccinated. Two doses will be administered to those willing to under vaccination. It will be done in a period of 28 days”, Mohanty added. In the first phase, over 3 lakh health workers will be vaccinated. The Government is well prepared to roll out the programme once the vaccines reach the State, Mohanty added.

In a letter to the district officials, additional chief secretary PK Mohapatra had earlier stated that as per the operational guideline of COVID-19 vaccination it is essential to identify a suitable session site with facilities of waiting room, vaccination room and observation room for vaccination of Health Care Workers (HCWs) in the first phase.

The Centre on Tuesday wrote to the State to remain prepared for the vaccination drive. In the letter, it was mentioned that the vaccine will reach Odisha very soon.

In a related development, the State on Wednesday registered zero fatality in last 24 hours due to the deadly virus for the first time after six months.

“There are no COVID deaths in the State in the last 24 hours,” informed the State Health and Family Welfare Department in a tweet today.

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Ashok Palit has completed his graduation from Upendranath College Soro, Balasore and post graduation from Utkal University in Odia Language and literture.. He has also carved out a niche for himself as a scribe of eminence after joining the profession in 1988. He is also an independent media production professional. He brings loads of experience to Advanced Media, Ashok Palit as a cineaste has been active in film criticism for over three decades. As a film society activist, he soared to eminence for his profound commitment to the art film appreciation and aesthetics of cinema. His mode of discourse is often erudite but always lucid and comprehensible marked by a perfect acumen so rare in the field. A film aesthete with an immense fond of critical sensibilities, he wrote about growth and development of odia cinema in New Indian Express, The Times of India, The Hindustan Times, The Asian Age and Screen. He has been working as an Editor for Cine Samaya from 2002-2004.. He had made solid contribution on cinema in many odia Dailies and weekly such as Samaj, Prajatantra, Dharatri, Samaya, Satabadi, and weekly Samaya.

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