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Odisha government sends SOS to Centre for supply of 15 lakh COVID vaccine doses immediately- The New Indian Express

By Express News Service

BHUBANESWAR: The State government on Monday despatched an SOS to the Centre in search of instant supply of enough amount of vaccines for making certain clean and unbroken inoculation drive.

Citing acute scarcity of Covishield within the State that has been conducting over two lakh vaccinations a day, Additional Chief (*15*) (Health) PK Mohapatra wrote to Union Health (*15*) Rajesh Bhushan calling for supply of a minimum of 15 lakh doses instantly.  

The State at current has a inventory of round 4.87 lakh doses of which 3.5 lakh doses are Covishield and remaining 1.37 lakh Covaxin.The Union Health Ministry has, nevertheless, assured to supply solely 3.5 lakh doses by Tuesday.

“Though we had requested to ensure a minimum supply of 15 lakh doses of Covishield immediately in view of the surge in cases and impending heatwave, we have been assured only 3,49,130 doses on April 6 which will not be sufficient for two days,” Mohapatra identified.

Mohapatra in his letter additionally highlighted that Odisha has been saving vaccines because the wastage charge has been minus 0.5 per cent which is amongst the bottom within the nation. Earlier, responding to the request from the State government, the Union Health (*15*) had made it clear that there might be no scarcity of vaccines because the Centre is monitoring the utilization and inventory.

According to the Health division, a complete 2,63,041 beneficiaries of completely different classes had been administered vaccines at 1,472 session websites on Monday. A complete  of 35,67,810 beneficiaries within the State have been inoculated to date.

The division has additionally revised the vaccination timing within the State in view of the heatwave circumstances. Eligible beneficiaries can now get the jab from 8 am to 12 midday and three pm to 6 pm. Mohapatra has directed collectors, municipal commissioners and CDMOs to make preparations accordingly.

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