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Odisha Government discontinuation of drive-in or door-step Covid vaccination with immediate effect

Bhubaneswar:20/5/21: The Odisha Government today citing Covid-19 operational guidelines of the Ministry of Health & Family Welfare (MoHFW) of the Central Government directed for discontinuation of drive-in or door-step Covid vaccination with immediate effect.

“…as per the COVID-19 Operational guidelines of Govt. of India, MoHFW, drive-in or door-step COVID-19 vaccination is not permitted. The guideline clearly says that vaccination sessions shall be conducted in places with adequate space for waiting area, vaccination room and observation room and have adequate facility to manage AEFI,” said a letter issued by Additional Chief Secretary (Health & Family Welfare) PK Mohapatra to all Collectors, Municipal Commissioners, and CDM & PHOs.

The letter said that as per the guideline, the beneficiaries have to be observed for at least 30 minutes after vaccination for Adverse Event Following Immunization (AEFI) if any.

In drive-in/doorstep strategies, it will be difficult to manage AEFI, if it occurs, and there is also high likelihood of vaccine wastage, the letter added.

The letter has asked concerned officials to refrain from such strategies and only conduct sessions in suitable Covid Vaccination Centres with adequate space following the Covid-19 operational guidelines.

It may be mentioned here that Bhubaneswar Municipal Corporation (BMC) had launched drive-in vaccination for beneficiaries of second dose of 45 years and above category.

Similarly, Cuttack Municipal Corporation (CMC) and Berhampur Municipal Corporation (BeMC) had launched doorstep vaccination drives.

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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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