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Dilip Kumar

Bhubaneswar: Odisha Government will soon formulate a Standard Operating Procedure (SOP) for the third phase vaccination that allows all above 18 years to receive the jab against Covid-19 disease, starting from May 1.

Addressing newsmen, Health Director Bijay Panigrahi said on Thursday that the State Government is well prepared for the third phase inoculation drive across the State.

“People between the age group of 18 and 45 will be vaccinated across the State from May 1. More session sites will be set up for the fresh exercise. The State government will soon come up with new SOPs for the drive,” Panigrahi said.

He further added that adult people between 18 and 45 years contributes  42 per cent of the total population in the State who will get inoculated during the third phase.

The beneficiaries can register themselves on-line through Co-Win App or go for an on-the spot registration to get the benefit, he added.

It may be noted, the Centre had allowed vaccination for all above 18 years following a meeting of Prime Minister Narendra Modi with top pharma companies, health experts, ministers and officials spanning multiple nodal ministries on Monday.

Meanwhile, the vaccination exercise is going on across the State at 750 centres today. As many as 10,2407 beneficiaries had been vaccinated at 889 sites yesterday, he said adding the number of session sites have come down today with shortfall of vaccine shots.

The State has a stock of 2.6 lakh doses of Covishield and 1.9 lakh of Covaxin shots, Panigrahi pointed out. However, vaccination programme is going on in all districts in the State today.

Arrival of more additional vaccines is uncertain even as the current stock of the jabs is expected to be exhausted within next two days, he said.

“ We hope that both the vaccines- Covishield, Covaxin- would be effective against the new strains that have been found in the country and Odisha too,” Panigrahi said.

He further advised people to avoid large gathering in single hall and ensure proper ventilation as the new variants easily transmit through air.

“Ventilation in room/hall is needed to check the spread of the new strain. Large gathering inside a hall should be avoided and windows should remain open for well ventilation with minimum/no use of air conditioners,” he suggested.

The State today broke all the past record in the new cdovid-19 cases with detection of over 6,000 fresh cases in last 24 hours.

While 3575 cases have been detected from quarantine, 2589 infections are local contacts, official data said.

With the fresh 6164 cases, the cumulative tally in the State reached 3,88,479.

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