Coronavirus in Mumbai: Registration for phase 3 of COVID-19 vaccination drive likely to start in March first week
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Registration for the third phase of vaccination drive which includes senior citizens is likely to start in the first week of March in Mumbai. BMC officials said they will be first collecting the data of senior citizens from all the ward and after that they will announce the date for the registration.

However the local government is waiting for a final decision from the central government to start the registration for the senior citizens.

Suresh Kakani, additional municipal commissioner, said the date for the registration has not been announced by that time they have planned to collate all the data they have collected during 'My Family My Responsibility' survey conducted last year.

“We have all the knowledge of the senior citizens but we'd like to ascertain who qualify as the beneficiaries for the third phase. Moreover we asked all the ward officers to submit details of all senior citizens in their respective wards before the registration windows are open for the third phase,” he said.

Kakani further said they have also directed each ward to verify the documents of all the senior citizens required for registration for the vaccination drive. Moreover, if government bodies are allowed to register citizens for phase three, Mumbai will complete registration of these beneficiaries within 15 days. “We are expecting the guidelines from the central government before starting the registration which is likely to start in the first week of March,” he said.

Senior health official from the state health department said that for age criteria, they will use electoral rolls data. “We will be using our health survey for those below 50 with co morbidities, We have certain comorbidities data in our survey but we aren’t sure which of them are going to be a part of guidelines which will be issued by the Centre’s guidelines,” he said.

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