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Covishield vaccine dispatched from Serum Institute of India in Pune reached Odisha

Bhubaneswar:12/1/21: Ahead of India’s vaccination drive, the world’s largest immunisation exercise against coronavirus, which is set to kick off on January 16, the first consignment containing vials of Covishield vaccine dispatched from Serum Institute of India in Pune reached Odisha at around 3:30 PM on Tuesday.

Additional Chief Secretary (Health) PK Mohapatra informed that Odisha is receiving around 4.08 lakh doses of Covishield vaccine prepared by the SII. This apart, the State has also received a letter from the Centre regarding the dispatch of another 20,000 doses of Covaxin. All the vaccines will be kept as per protocols at the State Vaccine Store in Bhubaneswar for further distribution to districts. Sources said by the next 48 hours, the vaccines will be distributed among all districts where it will be stored at district vaccine stores and subsequently taken in cold chains to 160 session sites for vaccination drive on January 16.

Extensive arrangements have been made for the mega vaccination drive in Odisha. The State government has identified around 160 session sites across all the districts for Covid-19 vaccination programme, and special teams have been formed to vaccinate close to 3.29 lakh healthcare workers including Anganwadi workers in the first phase.

“We have decided to administer COVID-19 vaccine as per age-groups of the healthcare workers. According to the decision, elderly health workers will be vaccinated first. Apart from this, we have decided to give priority to the districts which have a high number of COVID-19 cases,” Mohapatra added.

The State government has already conducted dry run for vaccination twice this month – on January 2 and January 8, and all districts have been instructed to be in readiness for the vaccination programme.

Apart from health care workers, the State government has also decided to vaccinate all the police personnel, officials engaged in disaster management including Collectors and BDOs, Municipal workers, Revenue department officials and others. A database of all such personnel will be prepared and uploaded by January 25.


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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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