BHUBANESWAR: Odisha might face scarcity of COVID-19 vaccine for not less than 4 days from March 31 if the Union Well being and Household Welfare Ministry doesn’t provide satisfactory vaccine doses in time.
Even because the State acquired 3.7 lakh doses on Tuesday and 9.8 lakh doses extra are anticipated on April 2, the Well being officers feared scarcity of vaccines from March 31 to April 3 because the accessible inventory will final until March 30.
Because the Centre has authorized vaccination of all residents above 45 years throughout the nation from April 1, the state authorities has sought satisfactory provide of COVID-19 vaccine to the State on the earliest.
Further Chief Secretary (Well being) PK Mohapatra stated that Odisha is inoculating a couple of lakh beneficiaries on a regular basis. “Although the plan is to step up it to 2 lakh vaccinations per day, we’re unable to take action on account of much less vaccine provide,” he stated.
Considering the accessible inventory of Covishield vaccine (8.2 lakh doses), the state can conduct periods easily as much as March 30. “Even when we get the following allocation of 9.8 lakh doses of Covishield on April 2, we’ll nonetheless haven’t any vaccines from March 31 to April 3. The Union Well being Ministry has been urged to provide satisfactory doses of Covishield vaccine in time in order to proceed uninterrupted vaccination drive within the state,” he added.
Up to now, 19,60,719 doses of vaccines have been administered the State. Whereas 3,10,083 healthcare employees have acquired first dose and a pair of,50,705 second dose, 1,81,415 frontline employees have gotten first dose and 1,27,732 second dose.
Equally, 10,30,815 senior residents and 59,969 individuals, aged 45 plus with comorbidities have taken first dose. In the meantime, the vaccine wastage price within the State now stands at 0.24 per cent, which is likely one of the lowest within the nation and far beneath the admissible norm of 10 per cent wastage.
The districts with greater than two per cent wastage are Sundergarh (9.5 per cent), Kandhamal (6.4 per cent), Nayagarh (4.6 per cent), Gajapati (2.5 per cent) and Ganjam (2.1 per cent). The wastage in Sundargarh is greater than that of the nationwide common of 6.5 per cent.
The Well being division has requested the districts with excessive wastage price to make sure optimum use of vaccine and lower down the wastage beneath one per cent.