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Steel city residents to get Sputnik V in 10 days

The Red Cross Society has made the one-dose vaccine available for Rs 1,600

Kumud Jenamani Jamshedpur Published 31.07.21, 09:10 PM
Red Cross Bhavan at Sakchi on Saturday.

Red Cross Bhavan at Sakchi on Saturday. Animesh Sengupta

Residents of the steel city will be able to get the high efficacy Sputnik V vaccine here in the next 10 days.

Red Cross Society, Jamshedpur is going to provide the opportunity for the inoculation of the Russian-made vaccine at the Red Cross Bhavan in Sakchi, necessary arrangements for which are on.

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Red Cross Society, Jamshedpur secretary Vijay Kumar Singh said they have got the necessary administrative approval from the health department.

"We have not only obtained the permission from the state government and the health department concerned, but also received a special refrigerator necessary for storing the Sputnik V vials. The refrigerator reached here on Saturday itself," said Singh to The Telegraph Online.

Speaking about the refrigerator, the Red Cross Society secretary said that it is meant for maintaining a minus 25 degree temperature while storing Sputnik V vials.

"Unlike Covaxin or Covishield vials, stored in a temperature of 2.8 degree, the Sputnik V vials have to be stored in a temperature of minus 25 degree. Moreover, there is such an inbuilt mechanism by which the refrigerator's temperature can be monitored from the vaccine manufacturing company," he pointed out.

Singh, when queried, said that the stock of Sputnik jabs will come from Delhi by train with a cold-chain maintenance system in it. He said the vehicle which will carry the stock of the vaccine vials should also have the facility for maintaining the required cold-chain maintenance system.

The price of the Sputnik V vaccine which will be of single dose only is fixed at Rs 1,600.

Significantly, as the effectiveness of Sputnik jab is above 90 per cent against Covid-19 and is to be inoculated a single dose only, a large number of people were looking forward to this here in the steel city.

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