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Nitesh Kumar Sahoo

Bhubaneswar: Amid the ongoing third phase of COVID-19 vaccination in Odisha, the government has released a new order to prevent people from unnecessarily visiting different vaccination centres across the State.

Odisha Chief Secretary Suresh Chandra Mohapatra released a set of guidelines during a virtual review meeting conducted at the Lokseva Bhawan today.

In the fresh order, he informed that people without having confirmed intimation in form of mobile messages for getting vaccine jabs will be prevented from entering the vaccination centres.

While reviewing the lockdown protocols, that kick-started on Wednesday (May 5) and COVID testing, vaccination and other healthcare services, Chief Secy Mohapatra insisted Police and other responsible in-charges to follow the fresh guidelines religiously.

Amid the imposed lockdown across the State, different healthcare centres, and other centres identified for vaccination, COVID testing and stores offering essential services will remain open from 6am to 12pm, as per the lockdown guidelines.

People registering for COVID vaccination will receive intimation through mobile message prior to the date fixed for vaccination.

Mohapatra requested people not to gather in front of vaccination centers unnecessarily without holding an intimation message for receiving vaccine jab.

Moreover, in his order, the Chief Secy has also urged people not to amass in front of grocery stores, vegetable shops and other shops for purchasing other essential items. People have been requested to purchase food items and other essential products from nearby stores.

Further, Mohapatra directed the governing bodies to use loudspeakers for spreading awareness among people. The new rules shall be implemented from Thursday onwards and should be strictly enforced, directed Mahapatra to Police officials.

He has also directed to keep a vigil on places that are likely to get crowded.

Odisha aims to curb the COVID positivity in the state within 6-7 days by enforcing such stricter rules.

(Edited By Suryakant Jena)

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