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Sharmili Mallick

Even as the Odisha government keeps stressing on testing, tracking and vaccinating strategy to contain the spread of Covid19, State Health Services Director, Dr Bijay Mohapatra on Friday said that the vaccines alone do not provide 100 percent protection against Covid-19 infection and urged people to wear masks and adhere to the pandemic protocols.

Speaking about the positivity rate in the State, Mohapatra said, “Vaccination does not provide 100 percent protection and there is a risk of infection even if one is completely vaccinated. However, surveys have revealed that the number of test positivity rate is very low. Out of those who are getting infected after the inoculation, few patients become serious,” stated Mohapatra.

Therefore, people should wear masks and strictly abide by Covid appropriate behaviour, including maintaining social distancing and avoid crowding even after getting vaccinated,” added Mohapatra.

“Odisha is still facing the second wave and the State Government will take appropriate measures if third wave hits the State. Besides, the government has decided to reopen schools and certain guidelines have been chalked out for the safety of the students,” said the Health Services Director.

On vaccination of children in the State, Mohapatra said studies are underway for vaccination of children. The State government cannot start vaccinating children unless it receives technical permission.

The State has set up enough vaccination centres in urban as well as rural areas. Vaccines are being provided to the people as and when available, stated Mohapatra.

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