Anxiety and apprehensions ruled the mind of Class IV employee Biranchi Naik as he rolled up his sleeves for the shot.
Naveen Patnaik interacted with health workers who were among the first to receive the shots and took feedback from them.
The SCB Medical College and Hospital saw 100 per cent turnout on the first day of the country’s largest vaccination drive.
Even as most districts witnessed enthusiastic participation by the beneficiaries, at a few, the turn out was not as expected.
The Daqiaodao Food Co, Ltd in Tianjin, adjacent to Beijing, was sealed and its employees were being tested for the coronavirus, a city government statement said.
Much of the focus is on a mutation in the spike protein, that is shared by the UK and South African variants.
Thirteen other 'Adverse Event Following Immunisation' (AEFI) cases were also reported from various parts of the state but those were not serious.
The remotely-controllable robotic vehicles are designed for use in isolation chambers of the quarantine facilities.
The app has been created by the Centre for managing registration for inoculation. A nationwide inoculation drive for coronavirus began on Saturday morning.
Sources in the security establishment said 3,129 health care workers of the Indian Army, deployed across the country including in Ladakh and some parts of Kashmir, were given the first doses.
The drive will primarily commence with vaccination of healthcare workers deployed in Jammu, Kashmir and Ladakh regions, a defence spokesperson said in a statement here.
A total of 3,351 sessions were held throughout the country wherein 191,181 beneficiaries were vaccinated.
Around 21,000 beneficiaries were supposed to be vaccinated at 207 centres across the state on the first day, but 16,500 people got the vaccine till about 6 pm when the process concluded.
The COVID-19 vaccination drive was successfully conducted on the first day, Additional Secretary in the Union health ministry Manohar Agnani said during a press briefing.
Mumbai city reported 571 new cases during the day, which pushed its overall case count to 3,02,226, while its death toll rose to 11,237 with eight new fatalities.