Bhubaneswar, April 30: Odisha today received 1.5 lakh doses of Covaxin as the first consignment for vaccination of 18-44 years age group. The vaccines will be administered in Bhubaneswar Municipal Corporation (BMC) limits from May 3 onwards.
Though vaccination of 18-44 years age group was scheduled to begin on May 1, it will begin from May 3 due to weekend shutdown.
Earlier Chief Minister Naveen Patnaik has announced free vaccination for citizens above 18 years.
Odisha has placed orders for 377 lakh doses of Covishield and 10.34 lakh doses of Covaxin for third phase vaccination.
“ Tomorrow, on 1st May, the State will have a trial, symbolic commencement of 18-44 years age-group vaccination, with vaccination of a token few beneficiaries, in view of the urban area lockdown,” read a tweet of Health Department.