Bhubaneswar: To facilitate the vaccination of students going abroad for higher studies, the Bhubaneswar Municipal Corporation (BMC) have allowed special vaccination for them at two centres at PN College, Khurda and CMC Kalyan Mandap Gopalpur in Cuttack where Covishield vaccines are administered.
While 83 students are enlisted after verification of necessary documents, 19 have already administered the Covishield doses at two designated centres so far. Others will be covered within a day or two.
While only Covaxin vaccines are administered to the citizens of Bhubaneswar, the special arrangement is made to help the foreign going students.
The foreign bound students for higher studies in the age group of 18-44 were advised to make their requests through 1929 24X7 Call Centre at the Bhubaneswar Operations Centre (BOC), they were also requested to keep ready documents like confirmation letter of admission from foreign universities and their valid ID proof for the vaccination process.
Authorities of Bhubaneswar Smart City Limited inside the BOC also designated a special desk for the document verification and listing of the students, who applied for the protection shield before they take up their foreign trip.
Debashish Dash of Kalinga Vihar, Patrapada, who is planning to join the International School of Medicine (ISM) at Bishkek, Kyrgyzstan, took the Covishield vaccination at PN College, Khurda on day before yesterday.
“BMC has given a wonderful opportunity to the foreign university bound students and it’s a wonderful help. At a time when students became worried over the vaccination slots this programme for them has come as a pathfinder,” he added.
Urmila Pradhan of Unit 4 Postal Colony is a Third-Year student of Vinnitsa National Medical University in Ukraine was on her vacation at home. “I came home during COVID after completing my second year. I was in stress as I wanted to take the vaccine before joining the class. Now I am happy that I can go and join my class with complete vaccination.”