Bhubaneswar: Health workers presently refusing to take Covid vaccination may lose chance to get Covid-19 vaccine free of cost later, Odisha Health Director Bijay Panigrahy said Tuesday.
"Many health workers have informed us in writing that they will not take vaccine as a mark of protest. We appeal them to come forward and get themselves vaccinated so that they would be safe as well as family members. Those who remain absent during the vaccination, will be considered subsequently but, those who refuse to take the vaccine may not get the same free of cost later," said the Health Director.
Panigrahi further informed that the second day of the first phase was successful. As many as 32,526 health workers were immunized in 375 sessions against the government target of 31,902. The government achieved 102% target by vaccinating more health workers on Monday, he added.
As many as 192 sessions will be conducted on Tuesday to vaccinate 16,261 health professionals, he pointed out.
Similarly, 92 sessions will be held on January 20, 436 sessions on January 21, 141 sessions on January 22, 178 sessions on January 23 and 279 sessions on January 25.
On Saturday, Covid vaccines were administered at 161 session sites across the state after the roll out of the vaccination initiative while the government stalled the inoculation drive on Sunday.
It is worth mentioning that about 15,000 multipurpose health workers have refused to take Covid-19 vaccine in protest against state government's alleged callousness in cadre restructuring and designation change.
The health workers, under the banner of Odisha State Male and Female Multipurpose Health Workers'/Health Supervisors’ United Association, wore black badges on Friday as a symbolic protest and refused to take the vaccination if their demands are not met.
In a related development, the phase-II Covishield vaccines will reach Bhubaneswar by 4 pm today by a special Spice Jet flight. The vaccines will be despatched to various district headquarters in next three days, sources added.