Brihanmumbai Municipal Corporation aims to immunise about 1.24 crore people in the first phase of vaccine launch.
Ahead of the launch of the COVID-19 vaccine in India, Mumbai's BMC has buckled up to set-up two to three vaccination centres in each of the 24 administrative wards distributed evenly across the city. The municipal authority aims to provide the medical shot to a population of 1.24 crore in the city.
The authorities have stated that the BMC will adopt the process of simultaneous distribution of dosages across the city, in the first phase, by integrating civic body schools and gymkhanas as vaccination points. This will create a set-up which will enable faster and easier accessibility of immunisation to the general citizen, boosting Mumbai's recovery against the pandemic.
BMC prepares Mumbai ahead of the arrival of COVID-19 vaccine
BMC officials have stated that each of the 24 administrative wards in Mumbai will have about two-three centres each, which will administer the vaccine to about 1.24 crore front line workers in the city, including the medical staff, who are the most exposed to the susceptibility of the virus.
The contact information of these first phase beneficiaries have been recorded by the BMC, and they will be notified through an SMS, about the centre location and time of vaccination, once it receives the vaccine vials. After the immunisation of the city's medical force, the BMC has planned to provide the dosage to senior citizens and those with co-morbidity(s).
Gymkhanas & Govt schools to be converted into centres!
The BMC has started to prepare the blueprint of the vial distribution in Mumbai, following the directive established by the Union Health Ministry. It has decided to adopt a simultaneous distribution system, providing each and every corner of the city with the vials. To further implement this, the designated civic officials are conducting regular meetings with senior health officers, including deans of medical colleges over the vaccination drive.
The BMC has also decided to integrate about 400 civic body schools, gymkhanas under its jurisdiction as vaccination centres, besides its municipal dispensaries and civic hospitals. The Additional Commissioner of the BMC has stated that civic body will start the immunisation drive at secondary and tertiary covid care centres, keeping civic schools and clubs as back-up points, in case of need. He also highlighted that several such institutions have already been converted to covid care centres, and there will no problem in converting them into vaccination centres.
All city wards have already identified and shortlisted such spots for the administration of the vaccine and the transportation of the vials to these centres, through cold storage, closed corridor, is also being looked after by the Mumbai civic body. This is essential to maintain the efficacy of the vials and deep freezers will be required while the process of vaccination is on. A vial will be effective for up to only 10 hours after it is removed from the cold storage.
Mass Immunisaton drive in Mumbai
The Health Department has stated that they have started to train the workers of the department of the immunisation, who in turn will train the recruited individuals to smoothly initiate the immunisation drive in Mumbai.
At present, Mumbai's total tally of coronavirus cases clocks at 2,88,696, out of which, about 11,886 cases are under treatment. Since the last 15 days, the number of daily fresh cases have almost halved to around 750 from the earlier 1,200, dropping the case positivity rate to less than 5% in the city. This, along with a high recovery rate of 91.8% has furnished a total of 2,65,041 recoveries in Mumbai, while 10,942 have succumbed to the infectious disease.