India, August 2 (IndiaToday) – Odisha’s Bhubaneswar has become the first city in India to achieve 100 per cent vaccination coverage against Covid-19. Additionally, about one lakh migrant workers have also been administered the first dose of Covid vaccines in the capital city of Odisha.
Talking to India Today TV, Anshuman Rath, South-east Zonal Deputy Commissioner of Bhubaneswar Municipal Corporation, said, “100 per cent of the population in Bhubaneswar have been vaccinated against Covid-19. Along with this, one lakh migrant workers in the city have been administered the first jab.”
He further said, “The Bhubaneswar Municipal Corporation set a goal of immunising 100% of its population by July 31. During this time, we have administered the second jab to a total of 907,000 people above 18 years of age, which includes around 31,000 health workers, 33,000 frontline workers, 517,000 people between 18-45 and 320,000 above 45. As per reports, around 1,835,000 doses of Covid vaccine have been given till July 30.”
To accelerate the inoculation drive, 55 vaccination centres were set up across Bhubaneswar, 30 out of which were built inside primary health centres and community centres.
At least 10 drive-through vaccination facilities were set up in the city. Additionally, 15 immunisation centres were built inside schools, for the elderly and differently-abled.
Appreciating the cooperation of the local people, Anshuman Rath said, “On behalf of the Municipal Corporation, I thank the people of Bhubaneswar for making the Covid vaccination campaign a huge success. With the hard work of the civic body officials and the cooperation of the local people, Bhubaneswar has become the first city in the country to immunise 100 per cent of its population.”