Sharmili Mallick

The Odisha Government will launch a mega vaccination campaign ‘Har Ghar Dastak’ across the State from November 2 to expedite the inoculation drive amid the scare of the third wave of Covid pandemic.

As part of the month-long 'Har Ghar Dastak' drive, healthcare workers will conduct door-to-door vaccination of people eligible for a second dose as well as those who are yet to be administered their first jab. 

Speaking to the media on the mass vaccination campaign, Director of State Health Services, Bijay Mohapatra said, “Teams consisting of frontline workers, including ASHA, Anganwadi and ANM workers and members of PRI, SHG groups and NGOs will reach out to every household and prepare a list of people who have not been administered the doses of vaccine. The teams will make arrangements for the omitted beneficiaries to take jabs at nearest vaccination centres,” Mohapatra added.

The door-to-door month-long vaccination drive which will begin from tomorrow in Odisha particularly aims to inoculate all those who have not taken their second dose or are due for the second jab, stated the Health Services Director. 

The top health official further added, “We will also create awareness among the people so that they visit the vaccination centres for the first dose. We are committed to achieving the target of 100 per cent inoculation of the first dose and due second dose by the end of December.”

“We have opened vaccination centres at strategic points at village level keeping in mind the population in the proximity areas. Besides, the centres have been set up in such locations so that the beneficiaries from rural areas can reach the session sites with ease,” added Mohapatra.

Meanwhile, vaccination is underway in as many as 2,370 session sites across the State. As of October 31, a total of 3.72 crore doses have been administered to the people. Out of which, 2.57 crore beneficiaries have received the first dose which accounts for 79 per cent of the total adult population while 1.15 crore have been administered the second dose which accounts for 35 per cent, informed Mohapatra.