Nearly 14,000 vaccinated in Odisha on first day of Covid-19 vaccination drive


As India kicked off the Covid-19 vaccination drive on January 16, about 13,746 people in Odisha got the vaccine on the first day.

Barda Dei, one of the beneficiaries of the vaccine from Jagatsinghpur said she was feeling absolutely fine after taking the vaccine and it has no side effects.

“I am sure this vaccine is safe and effective and by taking this you can make yourself, your family and country safe,” said Dr Jayant Panda, technical spokesperson of the state health department and Professor of Medicine, SCB Medical College & Hospital, Cuttack after taking the vaccine today.

Prime Minister Narendra Modi launched the pan India rollout of Covid-19 vaccination drive via video conferencing today.  This is the world’s largest vaccination program covering the entire length and breadth of the country.  A total of 3006 session sites across all States and UTs were virtually connected during the launch.

In India, a total of 1,91,181 beneficiaries were vaccinated as per the latest government report.

Two types of Covid-19 vaccines have been supplied for the vaccination drive. While Covishield vaccine made by Serum Institute of India has been supplied to all States and Union Territories, Covaxin vaccine made by Bharat Biotech has been supplied to 12 States.