“Odisha has already administered more than 30,84,878 lakh doses of vaccine till take. The overall performance of our State is more than national average in all categories of targeted beneficiaries. We are prepared to undertake three lakh vaccinations daily. Unfortunately, due to extensively low supply of vaccines to our State, we had to close down two-third of our vaccination centres. Several districts are now in stock-out situation and are unable to continue the vaccination programme. This issue has been raised repeatedly with the MoHFW but remains unaddressed,” wrote Mohapatra.
Noting that ‘Tika Utsav’ to be held from April 11 to 14 as per the advice of the Prime Minister, Mohapatra urged the Additional Secretary to send at least 25 lakh doses of Covishiled to the State immediately to make the Utsav more successful and also improve the vaccination coverage in Odisha.
Notably, Mohapatra had earlier sent a letter to the Union Additional Secretary urging for supply of 25 lakh of Covishield to Odisha for 10 days in advance. Chief Minister Naveen Patnaik had also placed the demand before the Prime Minister during PM-CMs meeting yesterday.