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Sharmili Mallick

Bhubaneswar: Around 9,000 healthcare workers will be administered vaccine shots at six different sites in the first phase of Covid-19 inoculation drive, beginning tomorrow in Bhubaneswar as well as across the country.

Speaking to the media persons on the sidelines of inauguration of a public health toilet in the capital city, Bhubaneswar Municipal Commissioner (BMC) Commissioner Prem Chandra Chaudhary said," The Covid-19 vaccine will be administered in six sites, including Capital Hospital, Unit-4 Urban Community Health Centre (CHC), KIIMS, SUM Hospital and AIIMS."

"With the available doses of Covaxin, around 9,000 beneficiaries will be vaccinated in the first phase of vaccination drive in Bhubaneswar," informed the BMC Commissioner.

As per the Indian Government's direction, 100 people will be inoculated at session site on the inaugural day and the vaccination will be over within six to seven days, added Chaudhary.

The two vaccines- Oxford-AstraZeneca’s Covishield manufactured by the Serum Institute of India and Bharat Biotech’s Covaxin reached Bhubaneswar in a special flight on January 12 and 13, respectively.

Odisha at present has 4.08 lakh doses of Covishield and 20,000 doses of Covaxin. While Covishield has been sent to all districts across the State, Covaxin will be administered to the people in BMC area.

Prime Minister Narendra Modi will launch the pan-India rollout of Covid-19 vaccination drive on January 16 at 10:30 am via video conferencing, said a statement released by the PM's office on Thursday.

This will be the world’s largest vaccination programme covering the entire length and breadth of the country, added the PMO.

(Edited By Ramakant Biswas)

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