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People Aged Above 18 Years Recommended For COVID-19 Vaccination

Bhubaneswar: 11/1/21; COVID-19 vaccination, which will begin across the country on January 16, is recommended for people aged above 18 years, said Odisha Government’s Technical Adviser Jayant Panda at a press meet here today.

The vaccines- Bharat Biotech’s Covaxin and Oxford-AstraZeneca’s Covishield- have been approved by Drug Controller General of India (DGCI) after proper examination and hence are safe.

“Though the vaccination is not mandatory, we recommend the vaccines for betterment of the people. The vaccines  are also helpful against the UK strain of the virus. It will take two months to complete the first phase of vaccination which will be done free of cost, “he added. 

Detailing further, the official said high-risk group people will be vaccinated in the first phase. Though health workers’ families have been included in the first phase of vaccination, their families will be vaccinated in the later period.

COVID-19 positive patients are advised to take the vaccine shot only after completion of the isolation period. People who have been cured of the disease are also advised to get vaccinated, he said. 

“Registration is mandatory for vaccination. Registered people have to show their identity proof like Aadhaar, PAN, passport, bank passbook, or any other ID proof recognised by Government to get vaccinated. After getting two doses of the vaccine, people will receive a message from Co-WIN and later be provided with a certificate,” the Government official added.

Panda reiterated that people should continue washing their hands frequently, wearing mask and maintaining social distancing even after getting vaccinated.

About Ashok Palit

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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