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Vikash Sharma

Bhubaneswar: The nation-wide rollout of COVID-19 vaccine is being touted as the last leg in the ongoing fight against the ‘invisible enemy’. The COVID warriors are being administered the much-awaited vaccine across the country in the first phase.

However, the fight of the families of several people who lost their loved ones to coronavirus in Odisha is still not over. They are now anxiously waiting to see the vaccine drive cover every citizen of the country at the earliest and are waiting for their turn too.

Sujata Sahoo of Angar village in Ganjam district had lost her husband to COVID-19. Not only her husband, four other family members also died of coronavirus infection and related complications couple of months back.

The family is yet to receive any assistance from the State government. They are facing a lot of hardship and struggling to meet their both ends.

Despite the suffering, Sujata said that everybody in the State needs to be vaccinated so that no one else loses their loved ones to coronavirus.

“My family would have survived if the vaccine was launched much before. As the vaccine has finally arrived now, I urge the government to vaccinate everybody,” said Sujata.

Not only Sujata, the family of journalist Tarinikanti Padhi, who died of COVID-19 in September last year in Balasore, is also eagerly waiting to see that the vaccination drive cover every individual in the State.

“My people including my father died due to COVID-19. As the vaccination drive has begun, I hope that it will benefit a lot of people,” said Sushree Tanmayee Padhi, deceased Tarinikant’s daughter.

Health expert, Dr Anang Diwedi said, “Both Centre and Odisha government should try to vaccinate every people. I am sure that they must be trying in this regard.”

(Edited By Ramakant Biswas)

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