The Covid-19 vaccines pose no risk to pregnant women and as per the guidelines issued by the Union Health Ministry their inoculation will start in Odisha soon, said Bijay Panigrahy, Director, Health and Family Welfare Department of Odisha on Thursday.
“Though the process of registration for pregnant women remains the same like the general population, they will not have to stand in queues for getting inoculated. Special waiting rooms will be set up at the vaccination centres meant for them. ASHA and Anganwadi workers will identify pregnant women in their respective areas and facilitate the process,” said Panigrahy.
He said expectant mothers will be under observation for half an hour following their vaccination. The impact of the vaccine on them will be observed keenly. Orientation programmes for District level health workers will be conducted across the State for the special drive.
Meanwhile, giving details on the ongoing vaccination drive in the State, Panigrahy said the State doesn’t have enough stock of Covishield vaccines. “With the current amount of stock, the vaccination drive would run for only two more days.”
The State has currently a stock of 1,90, 380 doses of Covishield and 2,98,810 doses of Covaxin vaccines. While the people in Bhubaneswar and Ganjam are administered Covaxin jabs, Covishield is used for the vaccination in the other parts of the State, said Panigrahy.
“The State will receive its’ next quota of 3,16,470 doses of Covishield vaccines on July 15. Hopefully we will able to accelerate the vaccination drive again,” he added.