The 75-day long free booster dose drive under ‘COVID Vaccination Amrit Mahotsava’ is going to end soon. Surprisingly, at least 75% of people in Odisha, which accounts for nearly 2.4 crore population, is still to be administered with the precaution dose. Moreover, at least 23.32 lakh people have not taken their second dose.
According to government data, at least 23.32 lakh people have not taken their second dose while around 2.40 crore people are yet to take the booster jabs.
India had on April 10 began administering precaution doses of COVID-19 vaccines to all aged above 18 years.
According to a report, hundreds of people thronged at the centre from as early as 5 am today morning to get booster dose.
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The Subject Expert Committee on COVID-19 of the Central Drugs Standard Control Organisation had on Friday recommended giving permission for conducting a phase-3 clinical trial of the single-dose COVID-19 vaccine Sputnik Light as a booster dose.
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Meanwhile, the doors of Srimandir have remained closed for the public since January 10. The shrine will remain shut till January 31 in view of the rising cases of Coronavirus in the State and also the detection of some cases in the shrine.
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Briefing reporters about the current pandemic situation in the State, Director, Family Welfare and nodal officer for Covid vaccination, Dr Bijay Panigrahi informed that the vaccination rate is low in five districts of the State, including Gajapati, Sundargarh, Cuttack, Angul and Mayurbhanj.
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As many 5,25,35,282 vaccine doses have been administered to the people of the State so far. While 91.6 percent have received the first dose and 68 per cent have received both doses, further informed Panigrahi.
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India charts a separate way. Addressing the nation on Saturday, PM Narendra Modi announced that children in the 15-18 years age group will now get COVID-19 vaccines starting 3rd January 2022. The government has also decided that precaution dose of vaccine will be started for frontline workers and healthcare workers and elderly with co-morbid conditions.
Bijay Panigrahi, Director, Health and Family Welfare Department on Friday said that the government has targeted to administer first dose of Covid vaccine to all eligible beneficiaries among the target population by December this year.
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