Bhubaneswar, Apr 17: Odisha Chief Minister Naveen Patnaik on Saturday urged Prime Minister Narendra Modi to make COVID vaccine available in open market so that those willing and can afford take the shots.
In a letter to PM Modi, the Chief Minister said, “COVID vaccines may be made available outside the Government supply chain in the open market so that willing citizens who can afford the vaccine can avail them. This will help Governments to have focused approach towards vulnerable sections of the society.”
"COVID vaccines that have been already approved globally by credible agencies and Governments may be accorded approval to increase supply," he added.
Patnaik also requested PM Modi to prioritise metro cities contributing higher Covid cases in vaccination drive.
Odisha has so far administered about 47 lakh COVID vaccine doses to healthcare workers, frontline workers and persons above 45 years, said the Chief Minister.