The immunity booster jabs safeguard the lungs against a list of ailments including pneumonia and other pneumococcal diseases.
In a welfare initiative, children under the age of one will soon be provided free Pneumococcal Conjugate Vaccine (PCV) by the Brihanmumbai Municipal Corporation. As per reports, the cost-free facility will be available at all civic-run dispensaries, clinics, and hospitals in Mumbai, once the project is rolled out. Reportedly, the immunity booster jabs safeguard the lungs against a variety of ailments including pneumonia and other pneumococcal diseases.
Nearly 1.5 lakh kids to be benefitted
As per reports, the Additional Municipal Commissioner informed that there are nearly 1.5 lakh children in the aforesaid age category. Thereby, the objective of the new program is to facilitate vaccination for all these kids. Reportedly, the PCV jab will be a part of the extended vaccination plan which consists of essential lifesaving jabs like BCG, polio, whooping cough, tetanus, hepatitis-B, rotavirus, measles and rubella.
As per reports, immunisation will also help in protecting infants against the coronavirus. While a number of schemes have been undertaken by the BMC, this intervention comes as a crucial step given the anticipated effects of the third wave. Stepping ahead with the implementation of the project, the concerned staff is being trained while the authorities are working on measures to spread awareness at the local level.
3 doses to be given within the first year after birth
In view of the forthcoming drives, the officials are making sure that no lags hamper the supply chain and the process of distribution. Notably, complete PVC vaccination consists of three doses. While the first and second doses are given at the end of 6 weeks and 14 weeks respectively, the third jab is administered at the end of 9 months.