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Ramakanta Biswas

Bhubaneswar: Private hospitals in Odisha will now have to procure their supplies of Covid-19 vaccine directly from manufacturers as the State government on Thursday announced cessation of vaccine supply to private Covid-19 Vaccination Centres (CVCs) from May 1.

The move is part of the new liberalised and accelerated vaccination policy announced by the Centre recently.

“The previous system of private COVID-19 Vaccination Centres receiving COVID-19 vaccine doses from the Government of India supply at districts level and charging up to Rs 250 per dose from the beneficiaries will cease to exist from 1st of May 2021,” Additional Chief Secretary (health) PK Mohapatra said in a letter.

“All Private hospitals will have to source their Covid vaccines directly from the manufacturers from the 50% vaccine doses earmarked for the ‘other than Government of India channels’,” Mohapatra stated in the letter addressed to all Collectors, Commissioners of Municipal Corporation, Bhubaneswar. Cuttack, Berhampur, Sambalpur, Rourkela and CDM & PHOs.

The officials have been asked to stop the supply of COVID-19 vaccine to the Private CVCs after April 30, 2021.

In another letter, the ACS (health) has directed district collectors, municipal commissioners, CMOs and PHOs to ensure timely administration of second dose of vaccine to beneficiaries.

“Amid the current scenario of rising COVID-19 cases across the State, timely completion of 2 dose schedule is of paramount importance to confer protection on the vulnerable section of our population against COVID-19 infection and to reduce hospitalization as well as mortality,” Mohapatra stated.

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