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Odisha All Set For COVID-19 Vaccination Drive, Says Chief Secy

Bhubaneswar: The Odisha government is fully prepared for COVID19 vaccination with a prioritised list, said an official on Monday.

Apprising the State’s preparedness at a review meeting chaired by Cabinet Secretary Rajiv Gauba, Chief Secretary Asit Tripathy said, “Odisha stands prepared for Covid vaccination with prioritised list and well-designed multi-sectoral response system at different levels.”

“Community leaders and Panchayati raj institution (PRI) people’s representatives would be involved at grass root level to roll out the covid vaccination as a people’s campaign,” Tripathy added.

Additional Chief Secretary (Health) Pardipta Mohapatra said, “The State Steering Committee constituted under the chairmanship of Chief Secretary and the State task Force Committee constituted under Additional Chief Secretary Health & Family Welfare have already met to finalise the strategies of immunisation. The meetings of District Task Force Committees have already been conducted under the Chairmanship of respective Collectors. Moreover, the block- level task force committees have been constituted under the chairmanship of the BDOs.

Mohapatra further said that around 8300 vaccinators have been enlisted and 30,000 vaccination sites have been identified for administering the vaccine.

Meanwhile, assessment for cold chain requirement, safe storage and transportation of vaccines has already been made. Inventory of walk-in-coolers, walk-in-freezers, ice-lined refrigerators, deep freezers etc has been completed.

Special Relief Commissioner Pradeep Kumar Jena stated that all arrangements have been done for setting up the Control Rooms at State, district and block levels with necessary connectivity and logistic supports. The State administration is in coordination with NGOs, NCC wings and civil society bodies for ensuring multispectral response.

He added that an open communication system with people has been put in place to curb any miscommunication.

(Edited By Ramakanta Biswas)

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