Bhubaneswar, Apr 29: The State Government has once again written to Covid-19 vaccine manufacturers- Bharat Biotech and Serum Institute of India- for supply of vaccines, Covaxin and Covishield, respectively, to Odisha as requested.
In his letter to the SII, Additional Chief Secretary (Health) PK Mohapatra mentioned that Odisha needs 40 lakh Covishield vaccines for the month of May and 60 lakh dose each for months of June, July and August.
Likewise, the ACS asked the Bharat Biotech to supply 5 lakh doses of Covaxin to Odisha by May 31 and the rest 5.34 lakh by June 15.
It may be noted that the State Government has announced to undertake the free vaccine campaign for people in the 18-44 year age group from May 1 as per a call given by the Centre. However, the proposed vaccine campaign is unlikely to begin from the scheduled date as vaccines have not reached the State yet.
Free vaccine campaign for people above 45 years is going on in the State now. The Union Government is funding this campaign fully.