Bhubaneswar:12/1/21: With the first consignment containing vials of Covishield vaccine from Pune all set to reach Odisha today, preparations for the first phase Covid-19 vaccination drive scheduled to commence from January 16 reached final stages in the State capital.Speaking to media, Bhubaneswar Municipal Corporation (BMC) Commissioner Prem Chandra Chaudhary said, “We have prepared a list of 21,000 doctors, health workers, and medical staff. We have appealed to the doctors and other health workers to register themselves as the registration will remain open till this evening. BMC is well-prepared for the first phase of vaccination.
“Initially, the immunisation will be launched at five centers- Capital Hospital, Unit-IV Community Health Centre, BMC hospital in Old Town, SUM and KIMS Hospitals in Bhubaneswar. Moreover, we have made arrangements at 27 government hospitals including Capital Hospital and 18 private hospitals, which will be later used as vaccination centres,” Chaudhary added.
Reacting on the development, Directorate of Medical Education And Training (DMET) director CBK Mohanty said the long wait for the vaccination has come to an end.
“A list of 3.28 lakh health workers has been prepared for the immunisation. Serum Institute has sufficient vaccines for first-phase vaccination,” said Mohanty.