Odisha to launch Pneumococcal Conjugate Vaccine on June 30 for children

Bhubaneswar: The Odisha Government on Thursday decided to launch Pneumococcal Conjugate Vaccine (PCV) under Universal Immunization Programme on June 30 through virtual mode.

As per the Health Dept, the Pneumococcal Conjugate Vaccine will be launched by the Health Minister under the Universal Immunization Programme on June 30 at 11.30 am.

Additional Chief Secretary (Health) PK Mohapatra writes a letter to all the Collector, Commissioners of five municipal corporations, CDMs & PHOs stating that, “After the introduction of the PCV in the routine immunization, it will benefit nearly eight lakh young children annually in the state and this will help in reducing risk of morbidity and mortality due to pneumonia and meningitis among children in the state.”

The following activities for the successful launching of the PCV in the state:

  • Collectors / Municipal Commissioners / CDM & PHOs along with their health team & senior officers shall participate in the State level launching though virtual mode
  • District level launching shall be conducted after State launching by strictly adhering to COVID-19 protocol. Public figure such as MP, MLA may be invited for launching at district level.
  • Adequate IEC activities like media briefing, display of hoarding, banner, miking, Swasthya Kantha etc, shall be conducted to create awareness among the community.
  • At the launching site, activities shall be conducted and 3 to 5 infants aged one and half month may be mobilized for administration of 1st dose of PCV.


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