Cuttack, Jan 16: Sanitation worker Barsha Dei has become the first person to get Covid-19 vaccine in Cuttack city. This was informed by the Cuttack Municipal Corporation (CMC) on Twitter.
Additional Chief Secretary (Health) Pradipta Kumar Mohapatra informed that a total of 16,100 healthcare workers would receive the Covid-19 vaccine on the first day.
“A Class IV staff of Capital Hospital took the 1st jab followed by the director of the facility and another doctor. This is a big day for us in the fight against Covid-19,” said Mohapatra.
He said 1.92 lakh healthcare workers would receive vaccine within a week using the available vials in the first phase.
The state has received 4.08 lakh doses of Covishield vaccine and 20,000 doses of Covaxin vaccine in the first phase.
Chief Minister Naveen Patnaik interacted with beneficiaries at a particular site in each district.
In the first phase, 9,000 health workers will be administered vaccine under the Bhubaneswar Municipal Corporation (BMC) area.
After getting the first dose, Umakant Satpathy, additional director of Directorate of Medical Education and Training (DMET), appealed all to take the vaccine so that precious lives can be saved. A
Union Minister Dharmedra Pradhan said this is a historic day for the citizens of India.
Roll-out of Covid-19 vaccination drive by Prime Minister Narendra Modi across the country, including in 160 centres in Odisha, is a significant moment in our fight against the pandemic. Everyone has a crucial role in the immunisation drive, said Pradhan.
(With IANS input)