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Mrunal Manmay Dash

Paralakhemundi: As many as 130 persons from Amara and Dalimbapur villages under Goshani block of Gajapati district were denied their second dose of COVD vaccine due to the alleged callousness on the part of the State health department officials.

As per reports, the beneficiaries in question were given the first shot of Covishield on March 25 after they submitted their Aadhaar and mobile numbers. However, as per the allegations, they never received any confirmatory message on their mobile phones regarding vaccination, and it proved to be a major hindrance in getting their second jab.

Sources said, when they visited the District Headquarters Hospital (DHH) for their second jab, they were denied the shot after failing to produce any proof of their 1st dose.

Surprisingly, they were allegedly told by the hospital authorities that they will have to register again and wait for 42 days for their jab.

Speaking about their inconvenience, a local of Amara village, Prashant Kumar Panda said, “Upon inquiring at the PHC, where we had taken our first dose, the operator said that our data have not been uploaded to the server. And if they upload it today, we will be able to take the second dose only after 42 days.”

Bijayalaxmi Jena, an ASHA worker of the area said, “No mobile numbers were registered during the first dose. I had sent only the list of names to the authorities. If they want to take the second dose, we will facilitate them.”

Speaking to OTV, Doctor MS Munir, the District Vaccination Officer said, “There were some problems in that area and some beneficiaries are left out from the second dose of vaccination. We will take immediate steps to resolve the issue.”

It is pertinent to mention here that the Ministry of Health and Family Welfare (MoHFW) had on Thursday widened the gap between two doses of Serum Institute of India’s Covidshield vaccine from 42 days (6 weeks) to 84 days (12 weeks).

Accordingly, the Odisha Health and Family Welfare Department today informed all Collectors, Municipal Commissioners, and Chief District Medical and Public Health Officers across the State regarding the modifications made in the CoWIN portal to increase the minimum period between the first and the second dose of Covishield vaccine.

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