Bhubaneswar: The vaccination exercise against Covid-19 which was halted in the State in view of very severe cyclonic storm Yaas has resumed today.
The State Government had suspended the ongoing Covid-19 testing, vaccination and door-to-door health survey in several districts and towns in the wake of the tropical stom.
The districts of Balasore, Bhadrak, Kendrapara, and Jagastinghpur and Mayurbhanj were placed as high-risk zones while the northernmost and Keonjhar, Cuttack, Puri, Khurdha, Nayagarh, Dhenkanal, Sundargarh were some other districts which were also issued alert for the cyclone.
In Rourkela, which is among the few towns where the Covid vaccination drive for the age group of 18 to 44 years is currently underway had to stop the inoculation exercise for May 26.
Rourkela Municipal Corporation Commissioner Dibyajyoti Parida informed that those who had booked the slot for May 26 but could not receive jabs will get vaccinated on May 29 as per the earlier designated slot timings.
Similarly, the Bhubaneswar Municipal Corporation authorities have also resumed the vaccination drive after a single-day hiatus. The Vaccination Drive 26th May is herby rescheduled to 29th May in all the centres under BMC area due to Cyclone Yaas. Citizens who have booked their appointment for 26th May can take the Vaccination on 29th May with the same appointment slip, the BMC has informed through its Twitter handle.
Very severe cyclonic storm Yaas hit the Odisha coast near Bahanaga in Balasore with wind speed of 130 to 140 kmph gusting up to 150 kmph. The storm has caused widespread impact in several coastal and interior districts.