Sanjeev Kumar Patro

Bhubaneswar: The big story of the Day-4 in the vaccination drive against COVID19 in Odisha is the State’s Capital city Bhubaneswar has seemingly shed the initial ‘vaccine hesitancy’ to score an over the top performance today.

The Capital stride assumes significance when the vaccination rate in the whole of the State on Wednesday has been recorded at around 89 per cent. Odisha has today inoculated 7,946 individuals as against the target of 8,894. All planned 93 sessions have been held today.

Moreover, the significant news of comfort is the AEFI (Advance Events Following Immunisation) cases have been recorded nil in the State on Wednesday vis-à-vis a total of 6 cases, including 1 in Bhubaneswar, yesterday. Till date, Odisha had recorded only mild AEFI cases.

In today’s vaccination programme, no session was planned in as many as 10-districts, including the hot spots like Ganjam, Gajapati and Bargarh. The districts of Angul, Bargarh, Boudh and Gajapati didn’t witness any vaccination programme for the second consecutive day today.


While the Khordha district has witnessed the largest vaccination sessions in the State today, Kendrapada, Bhadrak, Nuapada and Sonepur have witnessed the least sessions of one each.

The top scorer district in Covid-19 vaccination on Wednesday has been the Rayagada, also was a hotspot in August –September last year. The laggard district today has been Bhadrak, where the rate of inoculation has been mere 32 per cent.

The Capital City Bhubaneswar today notched up a vaccination rate of 118 per cent. As against the target of 1,416, a total of 1,674 had taken the jab today.

But a number-crunching reveals that the Capital City at the end of Day-4 is still sort of 624 vaccine recipients vis-à-vis the target of over 7,670. The total recipient at the end of day-4 in the temple town stood at around 5, 237.

However, the poor rate of Cuttack district continued on Day – 4 too. When the 2nd largest session had been planned for the district today, only 78 per cent or 812 individuals had taken the shot on Day-4. The district had recorded 82 per cent on Day 1 and 2, the rate slipped to 78 per cent on Day 3 and 4.


As per State Public Health Director Niranjan Mishra,

“The wastage rate in Odisha has been well under the 10 per cent norm mandated by the Union Health Ministry. Since each vial contains either 10 or 20 doses, a vial is opened as per the inflow of recipients. For instance, 8 vials are opened when there are 80 people at a vaccination site.”

The State Vaccine Nodal Officer Bijay Kumar Mishra said,

“Even after four days of vaccination, the wastage rate has remained below 5 per cent in the State.”

However, despite all prudent management, as per a senior vaccination officer, nearly 8 doses each have gone waste in districts like Cuttack, Khordha; nearly six each in Dhenkanal and Bhadrak. On the whole, over 50 doses have gone wastage on Day 4 today.


“This vaccination exercise has not been a roller coaster ride in the State. The ups and downs are the cyclical nature of any vaccination programme. For instance, on a day, 100 were targeted for inoculation and only 80 had turned up. But since it is an on-going programme, the drop-outs of the previous day may turn up to take the jab the next day. This is what makes the final count breach the targeted beneficiaries on a particular day,” explained Dr Mishra.

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