BMC to float global tenders to procure COVID-19 vaccines

Plans are also underway to develop an alternate means of slot registration for the COVID-19 jab, for non tech-savvy people.

In an attempt to accelerate the pace of the COVID-19 vaccination drive in Mumbai, the Brihanmumbai Municipal Corporation has decided to table global tenders for procuring vaccine vials, amid its shortage in India. Reportedly, this move has been initiated in accordance with the directives of the state Guardian Minister. As per the Mumbai Mayor, the tenders will be drafted and floated in the next two days.


Boosting the vaccination infrastructure in Mumbai

The state Guardian Minister has emphasised the need to ramp up the number of vaccination centres in Mumbai as well as other regions in Maharashtra. For the maximum city, the BMC has been directed to set up at least one centre in each of its 24 municipal wards across Mumbai. Along with this, drive-in vaccination centres will also be established in each zone, the Minister highlighted. Mumbai Mayor and the Municipal Commissioner of the BMC has been tasked to ensure that this vaccination centre is up and running.

As per reports, the municipal authority has also issued norms and guidelines for the vaccination policy of inoculation within societal premises. The BMC has permitted housing societies to partner with hospitals to conduct the vaccination locally. Streamlined with this, the Guardian Minister has directed to set up drive-in vaccination centres, especially for the senior citizens.

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Besides this, he also suggested developing an alternate means to of vaccination registration. The new procedure will be drafted for the benefit of the non-tech-savvy people, who are finding it difficult to register and/or book slots for the vaccine jab on the CoWIN application or portal. In a letter to the Prime Minister, the Maharashtra Chief Minister too explored the possibility to create a separate application or procedure to register those in the 18 to 44 age group for the vaccination programme.

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