Rashmi Ranjan

The Covid-19 vaccination drive for the Class 10 and 12 students in Odisha will be delayed. A decision in this regard was taken during a virtual preparatory meeting between the Health Department and the Education department for the vaccination of the 15-18 years age group scheduled to start tomorrow.

There will be a slight delay in the vaccination of class 10 and 12 students due to their exams. The students of these classes can take the jab after January 8 and January 12, respectively, informed officials after the meeting.

Children born before December 31, 2007, can take Covid-19 vaccine. The second dose can be administered between 18 to 40 days after the first dose. Similarly, children, who have had Covid-19, can take the vaccine shots three months after recovery, said the officials.

Earlier in the day, Bijay Panigrahi, Director of Family Welfare had said 939 special vaccination centers have been set up for the vaccination of 15-18 years age group in the State.

"All preparation for the vaccination of 15-18 age group scheduled to start tomorrow is over. Adequate vaccine stock has been sent to all districts. 939 special vaccination centers have been set up for the vaccination drive," Panigrahi said.

"Children, who have not registered themselves for vaccination, can take the jab by doing on-spot registration. Teachers have been advised to help for the smooth conduct of the vaccination drive," he added.

Meanwhile, Omicron cases witnessed a steep spike in Odisha after 23 new cases were reported on Sunday, taking the Covid mutant infection tally to 37 in the State. 

Health Services Director Bijay Mohapatra said of the 23 new Omicron cases, 19 are male and 4 female in the age group of 8 to 83 years. 

"Of the 23 new Omicron cases, highest seven cases are from Keonjhar district, four from Khordha, three each from Puri and Sambalpur, two each from Boudh and Angul and one each case from Jagatsinghpur and Balasore districts," he informed.