Rashmi Ranjan

Bhubaneswar: The Odisha government on Tuesday directed all collectors and commissioners to follow the changes made by the Ministry of Health and Family Welfare in the Co-Win portal for the second dose of Covid-19 vaccination.

In a notification, the State Health and Family Welfare department urged the concerned officials to disseminate the changes made by the Ministry among the programme officers, programme managers, vaccinators / verifiers in their jurisdictions to strictly follow the same.

"Further online or on-site appointment will not be possible, if the period after 1st dose date for a beneficiary is less than 84 days," the notification said.

"Already booked online appointments for the second dose will remain valid and are not being cancelled by Co-WIN. The beneficiaries shall be informed about the revised schedule for the second dose and shall be advised to re-schedule their appointment for a later date beyond the 84th day from date of first dose. vaccination,” it stated.

"However. if a pre-booked beneficiary chooses to take the second dose of vaccine even if the period for him/her is less than 84 days, Co-WiN system will allow vaccination of such beneficiary,” it further stated.

"In this context, I am to reiterate that the online appointments booked for 2nd dose of Covishield prior to this changed must be honoured. Vaccinators / Verifiers / Programme Officers should be instructed that if such beneficiaries do come for vaccination the second dose must be administered and they should not be turned away,” the notification read.