Covid-19 vaccination of expectant mothers in Bhubaneswar will start from July 21.
According to State Health and Family Welfare Department sources, the pregnant women in the Capital City will get the jabs twice a week. They will be vaccinated at the Capital Hospital and all government UPHCs/UCHCs on every Wednesday and Saturday between 11 am-1 pm. However, they have to produce proper documents for their identification.
“As per the Health Department guidelines, now pregnant women can take Covid-19 vaccination. They can walk-in to any vaccination centre near them as per the time and date to get their vaccine dose,” tweeted Bhubaneswar Municipal Corporation (BMC).
Odisha government has already clarified that Covid-19 vaccines are safe for pregnant women and the special inoculation drive will be carried out as per the issued guidelines.
Health and Family Welfare Department Director Bijay Panigrahi stated that frontline workers, ASHA, Anganwadi and all health workers have been given special training for inoculation of the pregnant women.
“Dedicated waiting rooms are being set-up at all vaccination centres so that the women don’t have to stand in queue with others,” said Panigrahi adding that expectant mothers will be under observation for half an hour following their vaccination.
“The impact of the vaccine on them will be observed keenly,” he added.
(Edited by Rashmi Ranjan Mohanty)