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Sanjeev Kumar Patro

Bhubaneswar: Even as Odisha has given the anti-Covid-19 shot to over 13 lakh in the age-group of 60-plus years, the State has till date vaccinated around 20 per cent of its 60+ population. Rajasthan leads the country with a vaccination rate of 42 per cent.

Such a status report has been to the fore by the recently released SBI research report titled "Second Wave of Infections: The Beginning of the End".

As per the SBI report, Odisha has a population of 4.9 million population in the age group of 60+ years, till date the State has vaccinated 20 per cent of the age-group. The report has rated Rajasthan and Gujarat as the top performer in vaccination.


Looking at the Injection to infection ratio, which means the number of people inoculated to the number of infections, the SBI report ranks Odisha at 15th in the country. The report estimates the ratio for Odisha at around 6 per cent.

If the report is to be believed, neighbouring Jharkhand and West Bengal have been ranked at 6th and 10th position, respectively. The chart is led by Rajasthan (14.6) and is followed by Gujarat (around 14 per cent).

The good takeaway of Odisha's vaccination story, the State has notched an injection to infection ratio that is higher than the national average of 4.3.


A detailed glance reveals that among the eight states that have become the engine of the Covid-19 second wave in the country, only two - Gujarat and Madhya Pradesh - have a higher injection to infection ratio than the national average of 4.3. Since the majority of the top hotspot states have inoculated fewer people than the infected population, the upshot of low vaccination could be attributed to the higher transmission in the states.


Emphasising that the country has the potential to deliver 1 crore shots per day from the current rate of 34 lakhs per day, the report has made a projection that if around 40-45 lakh people were to be inoculated daily in the country, then the country could immunise the entire population in 1year 9 months (At most by December 2022).

The report further added that at the projected rate of vaccination, the country can vaccinate the population of 45-plus years in four-months (by the end of July this year).


Given the projections made by the SBI research report to vaccinate the 45-plus year age-group in the country in 4-months, what should be the scoring rate for Odisha per day? Odisha Targets 1 Cr Total Vaccinations, 1.5 Lakh Per Day

As per the SBI report Odisha has over 11 million population, the State has to maintain a vaccination rate of around 1 lakh per day to inoculate all the target age-group of 45+ years by July end.

Since the State has decided to administer 2 lakh shots per day, and if Odisha can accomplish the target then the State looks all set to wrap up the vaccination exercise of 45+ years by May end.

The Bottom line is Odisha seems to be on the right track as far as fast-tracking of the vaccination exercise is concerned.


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