BMC to rope in​ 13 private hospitals in an effort to further city's COVID-19 inoculation drive

As per the Municipal Commissioner, Mumbai can vaccinate around 1,00,000 residents after private centres are allowed.

In a step to amp up the immunisation drive in Mumbai, the Brihanmumbai Municipal Corporation (BMC) has earmarked 13 private hospitals that would facilitate inoculation for the general public in the city. As per reports, the list of these hospitals is awaited and the civic body would announce it soon. The proposed introduction of private hospitals in the state's vaccination process shall accelerate the drive in the city.

Private hospitals to facilitate higher beneficiary count in 3rd phase

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Reportedly, the additional municipal commissioner asserted that the recently shortlisted 13 hospitals would aid in the administration of the vaccine to the general public after the commencement of the third phase. In addition to this, the BMC is also analysing the submissions sent by other private hospitals for conducting vaccination and it is expected that more private centres would be allowed in the future.

While the first and second phases of the vaccination schedule have been largely driven by the government hospitals, the upcoming phases would require the introduction of private entities, given the higher number of estimated beneficiaries.

63,000 beneficiaries vaccinated on Thursday

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The AMC also informed that the count of people to be immunised in the private hospitals shall be worked upon after a clear picture of the supply and availability of the vaccine doses is drawn. However, Mumbai's Municipal Commissioner had affirmed earlier that the city has a capacity of inoculating around 1,00,000 individuals after the private hospitals become a part of the vaccination process.

As per the reports, BMC recorded a comparatively successful session on Thursday, vaccinating a total of nearly 63,000 beneficiaries. Among the spots that registered maximum inoculation, Rajawadi Hospital in Ghatkopar and Bhabha Hospital secured the primary spots.

Mumbai, one of the most affected COVID spots in the country

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On Saturday, the cumulative COVID positive count for Mumbai reached 3,11,019 while the city has 5,750 active cases. Mumbai has witnessed 11,384 fatalities owing to COVID-19, one of the highest in the country. Till now, Maharastra has recorded a cumulative COVID positive count of 20,38,630 individuals while the state had the second-highest active cases in the country on Saturday, standing at 33,936.

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