Medicine shop owners, staffers to be vaccinated
Bhubaneswar: Odisha Government has decided to vaccinate medicine shop owners and staffers, who have been working during the lockdown. Health and Family Welfare department Additional Chief Secretary Pradipta Kumar Mohapatra asked district collectors, municipal commissioners and other officers to ensure that employees of medicine shops receive vaccine shots on a priority basis.
Medicine stores’ staffers, aged 45 years and above, will be given vaccines supplied by the Centre, while employees of these outlets in the age group of 18 to 44 years will be inoculated from the stock of the State-procured vaccines, Mohapatra said in a letter to the district authorities. The State Government has exempted medicine stores from COVID restrictions as they are essential service providers.
The Regional Medical Research Centre (RMRC), Bhubaneswar, a unit of ICMR, on Thursday launched a two-day sero-survey among medicine traders here to assess the prevalence of Sars-CoV-2, the virus that causes COVID disease. RMRC Director Dr Sanghamitra Pati said the authorities have set up a camp on the premises of Utkal Chemists and Druggist Association in Unit-4 area here to conduct the survey.