These drives are focused around senior citizens and individuals above the age of 45.
In a bid to scale up the inoculation program in the city, the Brihanmumbai Municipal Corporation has started a walk-in vaccination drive at its centre on Monday. Slated to be functional till Wednesday, the immunisation schedules shall allow on-spot registration for people above 60, for their first and second Covishield doses. In addition to this, individuals above 45 will be able to procure their (first or second) Covishield jabs as a part of these drives.
With an objective to inoculate the remaining population of senior citizens
Reportedly, the civic body had suspended walk-in vaccination over two weeks ago, in view of the rising count of beneficiaries and limited stocks. Now, the on-spot drives have been started for the 3-day period with an objective to ensure that no individual is left out of the scope of inoculation.
Reports state that Mumbai has nearly 1.1 million senior citizens and 8,82,000 out of these have received their first dose. Now, the current drives aim to immunise the remaining population of aged individuals, amongst other people. It is to be noted that BMC has clearly stated that the second dose will be given 84 days after the administration of the first dose.
Reportedly, beneficiaries across all age groups awaiting their second dose of Covaxin will also be covered under the ongoing drives. As per reports, vaccination for citizens in the 18-44 age group will not be functional at government and civic centres during the current schedule. Additionally, the civic organisation apprised that registration-based inoculation will take place in the last 3 days of the week after Wednesday and the drive will remain suspended on Sunday.
1,427 new infections and 1,316 recoveries reported in Mumbai on Sunday
With 1,427 new detections on Sunday, the cumulative count of COVID-affected citizens in Mumbai rose to 6,96,910. While 1,316 recoveries were marked on Sunday, 49 individuals lost their battle against the virus, inflating the fatality tally to 14,565. Currently, the city houses 14,565 active patients and it is a long time ahead when the chaos gets resolved.