Class IV staff member at the Capital Hospital, Biranchi Naik became the fist person in Odisha to get injected with the COVID-19 vaccine on Saturday. The Health Ministry and the State Health department set guidelines for the beneficiaries as Prime Minister Narendra Modi launched the nationwide vaccination drive via video conferencing.

51-year-old Naik is part of the Capital hospital’s sanitary staff for the past 30 years.

“I took the first shot of the Covid-19 vaccine today. I feel happy that the much-awaited vaccine was administered to me and this will protect me from the virus. I urge all people to come forward and take the vaccine which is absolutely safe,” Naik said as quoted by Odisha TV.

Naik went on to request his colleagues and all sanitary employees from across the nation to take the vaccine jab and boost their immunity amid the spread of the deadly virus.

Additional Chief Secretary (Health) PK Mohapatra shared the details of the vaccination drive in Odisha, saying: “The COVID-19 vaccination drive is being carried out at 161 session sites across Odisha. In the first phase, nearly 16,000 beneficiaries will be administered the first dose of the vaccine today.”

“By January 25, we target to vaccinate around 3.28 lakh health workers in the State,” Mohapatra added.

According to Bhubaneswar Municipal Corporation (BMC) Commissioner Prem Chandra Chaudhary, as many as 9,000 health workers will be vaccinated in the first phase in Bhubaneswar. As many as six centres have been set up in Bhubaneswar. Hundred health workers will be vaccinated at each centre.