Most vaccination centres in Mumbai, except for those in Ward G (North), have begun inoculation activities, 12 noon onwards.
After the effective success of Mumbai's first drive-in vaccination centre at Dadar, the BMC has decided to expand the initiative and set up a similar service across each ward. Reportedly, at least 7 wards in the city are slated to kickstart drive-through inoculation services by tomorrow as per the directives issued by the BMC Municipal Commissioner on Thursday. These centres will specially cater to senior citizens, but only on an appointment basis. These beneficiaries no longer need to step out of their vehicles to get the vaccine.
Drive-in vaccination for the elderly in all 24 wards
In a bid to boost Mumbai's vaccination programme and to regulate traffic at key centres, the Brihanmumbai Municipal Corporation has decided to facilitate the drive-in COVID jab at all 24 wards in Mumbai. The civic body has listed open grounds such as Andheri Sports Club ground, Cooperage ground, Shivaji Stadium, Oval Maidan, Brabourne Stadium, MIG ground, MCA ground, Reliance JIO garden and even the Wankhede Stadium, to host these facilities.
The BMC will provide adequate provisional shelter and other facilities for the vaccination staff. This will also include ambulances to tackle an emergency situation, in case of an AEFI (adverse event following immunisation). In view of this, the BMC circular also highlighted that beneficiaries need to be accompanied by an attendant or a driver. Besides this, mobile toilets and drinking water provisions will also be set up to complete these centres.
As per reports, these drive-in vaccination centres have a boosted capacity to administer the COVID vaccines. The facility at Kohinoor parking lot in Dadar inoculated close to 5,000 people in a day. These also project the least threat of infection which may be easily contracted by the elderly in long queues or crowded jumbo centres.
Almost all vaccination centres in Mumbai will operate today
Good morning Mumbai
A message to help 45+s plan the day ahead
ONLY ONLINE booking for first dose
Walk-in for second dose of covaxin
No walk-in for either first or second dose of Covishield
HCW & FLW can walk-in
Most centres except ones in @mybmcWardGN start post 12 PM https://t.co/Wev5tOw0d9
— माझी Mumbai, आपली BMC (@mybmc) May 7, 2021
Meanwhile, the regular vaccination programme will also pick momentum today. The BMC announced on Friday, that almost all vaccination centres across Mumbai, except those in Ward G North, will provide inoculation services today. It has also reiterated that people need to necessarily register to receive the first dose of vaccine (18 to 44 years age group). Walk-ins are only permitted for the second dose of COVAXIN.
People need to register to get either dose of Covishield jab, the civic body highlighted. Additionally, the BMC stated that healthcare workers and frontline workers can walk-in for the vaccination. In another tweet, it has specified the operating hours of the functional vaccination centres.