BMC vaccination centres in Mumbai to open between 9 am to 5 pm on July 5

Only the second dose of the COVAXIN shot will be administered in Mumbai today, from 9 AM to 5 PM.

Due to the ongoing vaccine crunch in Mumbai, the Brihanmumbai Municipal Corporation has decided to limit the number of operating COVID vaccine centres to just 187 on Monday, i.e., half the usual number of inoculation sites. The civic body has announced that only the second dose of the Covaxin shot will be administered today, from 9 AM to 5 PM only. These will be catered by 50% on spot registration and 50% online booking.

Vaccination drive hindered in Mumbai

On an average day, about 400 vaccination centres function in Mumbai and this number has been slashed by half on Monday, due to a resource crunch. The Additional Municipal Commissioner (AMC) of the BMC informed that Mumbai has a stock of over 45,000 Covaxin doses which are being streamlined now to first immunise those who need their second shot.

Those who are lined up for the first shot will be provided with the vaccine benefit later. On the other hand, the Covishield vaccine supply is very limited and is thus, will be only scarcely available. It may be noted that the lack of resources will not hamper the functioning of private vaccination sites. Inoculation sessions at such centres will go as per the schedule.

The BMC assured that the Maharashtra government is set to relay a fresh vaccine batch by Monday evening, reviving the functions of all state-run CVCs, as usual from Tuesday. Mumbai last received 1.5 lakh doses of vaccine on July 1, which medical officers stated were enough to last only 2 to 3 days.

Mumbai's vaccination strategy:

As such, the vaccination drive in the city has been narrowed to only a few centres. If the BMC opens all sites and permits walk-in vaccination, it will not be able to vaccinate everyone. The civic body and ward officials are utilising the maximum vials possible in all centres, instead of distributing them evenly across all sites. This is being done to advance an aggressive vaccination drive, in order to inoculate a large population, rather than covering a small number of people every day.

The BMC has also listed vaccination centres that will be focused on catering the COVID jab to those over 45 plus. The index also included drive-in centres. Similarly, vaccination sites for those going abroad for education, work or the Olympics have also been announced separately. The civic body has further distinguished the centres that will be administering the Covishield vaccination jab to those over 18 years along with healthcare and frontline workers on Monday.

COVID vaccination coverage in Mumbai

Mumbai's vaccination programme remained suspended on Sunday, while on Saturday, around 1.03 lakh people were vaccinated. Of these, 35,446 people received the jabs at private hospitals and the rest, in the state and BMC run centres. As of now, around 11.41 lakh people here are fully vaccinated - which makes up for 12.6% of the eligible population. Around 50%, that is, 45.12 lakh people in Mumbai have been administered the first jab.

The Additional Municipal Commissioner stated that the remaining population of the MMR will be vaccinated, with atleast the first dose in about 40 days, if the vaccine supply remains steady.

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