COVID-19 in Mumbai: BMC receives 87,000 vaccine doses, to resume vaccination drive on June 4

COVID-19 in Mumbai: BMC receives 87,000 vaccine doses, to resume vaccination drive on June 4

Swapnil MishraUpdated: Thursday, June 03, 2021, 08:24 PM IST
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Brihanmumbai Municipal Corporation will be resuming the vaccination drive from June 4 as they have received 87,000 vaccine doses on Thursday (June 3) evening. However these doses can last upto three to four days. Earlier on Thursday, due to adequate stock of vaccine doses, the civic body had cancelled the vaccination drive at all the civic and state-run centres.

However it was the fourth instance when the civic body has had to halt the vaccination drive for want of stocks.Additional municipal commissioner Suresh Kakani said the city has been receiving doses in small instalments of 20,000 and 30,000, which not only slows down the drive but hampers planning and distribution.

“The shortage is solely responsible for the slowdown in public vaccination. We are hoping to get some more doses in the next two days,” he said.

However the numbers show the government’s drive has been slowing in the last seven days while private initiatives are thriving. Interestingly in the last week, 2,14,694 doses were administered at paid-for private vaccination centres while 1,29,256 doses were given at public centres. Many private hospitals are expecting more stocks next week.

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