Maha Govt seeks 12 cr COVID vax doses ahead of Phase 3 inoculation drive in Mumbai & other districts

The state government has started to replenish its inventories and cold storages with sufficient quantities of COVID-19 vaccin doses.

In a bid to ensure glitch-free operation of the 3rd phase of the COVID inoculation drive in Mumbai and other districts, the Maharashtra government has started to arrange for 12 crore vaccine doses, officials informed on Tuesday. Commencing from May 1, this is the largest segment of the national vaccination drive, expanding the scope of vaccination to all adults. i.e, people over 18 years of age.

Maharashtra government prepares for Phase 3 vaccination

Barely 72 hours before the ambitious phase of COVID vaccination for people aged between 18-45 years, the state government has started to replenish its inventories and cold storages with sufficient quantities of COVID-19 vaccination doses. This phase marks about 5 crore adults as eligible beneficiaries of the coronavirus jab, pushing the state's total requirement to around 12 crore vaccine doses.

To provide for this large population, the Health Department Principal Secretary has sent separate letters to the CEO of Serum Insitute of India, producing Covishield, and Bharat Biotech International Ltd Chairman, manufacturing COVAXIN, to the effect. In these letters, the Secretary has inquired about the total number of vaccines that these two companies could supply to the state government for the next 6 months, starting May 2021 onwards.

Cost of each vaccine dose

The government has also sought details related to the pricing and any other conditions the companies may have, to enable the concerned authorities to take a priority decision in the matter. According to a statement by the Deputy CM, the Chief Minister will review the decision on free vaccination for all and how much will it cost the state, in a cabinet meeting tomorrow.

Recently, the two companies had announced their revised prices for the vaccine supplies in the domestic market. The SII is supplying Covishield vaccine to states at ₹400 per dose and to private hospitals for ₹600 per dose. BBIL, on the other hand, is giving it at ₹600 per dose to state governments and ₹1,200 per dose to private hospitals.

List of Vaccination Centres operational in Mumbai today

The Brihanmumbai Municipal Corporation issued a list of all private and MCGM covid vaccination centres, operating today in Mumbai. Due to a shortage of medicinal doses, several centres and booths had to suspend their immunity programme, hampering the flow of the city's inoculation drive.

Consequently, the civic body has now started to update an index of all functional vaccination centres in the MMR for the benefit of the beneficiaries. As centres replenish their stocks, the BMC adds them to its list while those that exhaust their vials are removed.

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