Vaccination for senior citizens begins
Bhubaneswar: The State Government launched the inoculation drive for senior citizens and comorbid people in the age group of 45-59 years, a Health department officials said.
Chief Minister Naveen Patnaik, Assembly Speaker Surya Narayan Patro and Deputy Speaker Rajani Kant Singh received the first shot of the vaccine at the Assembly Dispensary.
“I feel privileged to get an opportunity to inoculate Chief Minister, Speaker and many VVIPs,” said nurse Samaranika Ransingh. At least 20 legislators of Odisha Assembly also received the vaccine on the first day of third phase vaccination programme. As many as 21,914 persons, including 11,289 senior citizens, were inoculated on Monday.
Bhubaneswar Municipal Corporation (BMC) began the second phase of vaccination drive at 12 centres across the city. The vaccination drive was carried out at Capital Hospital, Urban Primary Health Centres (UPHCs) at Pokhariput, Ghatikia, Saheed Nagar, IRC Village, Unit-IX, Urban Community Health Centre at Unit-IV, Patia, Dumduma, BMC Hospital, Police Hospital, AIIMS and 10 private hospitals in the city.
Rabindra Nath Padhee (74), a retired banker who took the vaccine shot along with his wife, said there should not be any hesitation in taking the COVID-19 vaccine. “We were eagerly waiting to take the vaccine as Indian vaccine is the best in the world. It is extremely important to take the vaccine against Covid-19,” said Padhee.