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Rajendra Prasad Mohapatra

Bhubaneswar: Even as the country witnessed the launch of ‘Tika Utsav’, a four-day long mega vaccination programme against Coronavirus, as many as 900 centres ran out of vaccine doses in Odisha on Sunday.

The ongoing Covid-19 vaccination in the State will be hampered and might be stopped if fresh stock of vaccines is not supplied by tomorrow, said State  Family Welfare Department Director Bijay Panigrahi.

Talking about Tika Utsav, which is being celebrated across the country from April 11-14, Panigrahi said, “The main purpose of the celebration is to ensure zero wastage of vaccine and increasing awareness about the vaccination process.”

“The massive vaccination drive has almost come to a halt in the State due to shortage of vaccines. The vaccination process is currently being carried out in 579 centres in various districts which have vaccine stock. Most of the districts have no vaccine stock. If fresh stock of vaccines is not supplied by tomorrow, the process will be hampered in almost all the districts,” said Panigrahi adding that priority is given to the districts with more positive cases.

Currently the State has stocks of 2,33,000 doses of Covishield vaccines and 77,960 doses of Covaxin vaccines. The vaccination drive will continue in districts which have vaccine stock.

Meanwhile RT-PCR test has been made mandatory for the people visiting Odisha from other states. People arriving without RT-PCR test report have to undergo seven days quarantine, official sources said.

(Edited by Vikash Sharma)

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