The Health Ministry said 3,352 vaccination sessions were held and 1,91,181 beneficiaries vaccinated on the first day.
Congratulating the Prime Minister for rolling out one of the largest vaccination drive in the world, Pradhan said this is a momentous occasion in the fight against coronavirus.
The COVID-19 vaccination drive went off smoothly on Day 1 across Odisha barring three cases of minor adverse event following immunisation on Saturday.
Officials of the CHC said while some beneficiaries were reluctant to take the vaccine, few others were out of station and would be vaccinated on Monday.
The COVID-19 virus is changing and shape-shifting—a process called mutation—into newer and faster-spreading variants.
There are 2,08,826 active cases of coronavirus infection in the country which comprises 1.98 per cent of the total caseload.
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.
Much of the focus is on a mutation in the spike protein, that is shared by the UK and South African variants.
A total of 3,351 sessions were held throughout the country wherein 191,181 beneficiaries were vaccinated.
The former Uttar Pradesh CM Akhilesh Yadav said he has faith in doctors of the country but not the government.
Healthcare workers at Delhi hospital treated with chocolates, cakes, juices after COVID-19 vaccine shots
Dr Vikas Dogra, head of the pulmonology department, was the first health worker who received the vaccination at the hospital.
Covaxin has demonstrated the ability to produce antibodies against COVID-19 in phase one and phase two trials.