COVID-19 in Mumbai: 'Vaccine out of stock' board put up outside BKC centre, vaccination stalled
COVID-19 in Mumbai: 'Vaccine out of stock' board put up outside BKC centre, vaccination stalled

The COVID-19 vaccination program at BKC jumbo vaccination centre has been temporarily halted due to the unavailability of stock from April 20, 9 am until further orders.

Apart from this, in the last two days, 66 COVID-19 vaccine centres in the city didn’t conduct the vaccination drive due to a shortage of vaccine following which the beneficiaries turnout dropped by 60 per cent.

Dr Rajesh Dere, dean of BKC jumbo covid centres said they had to stop the vaccination drive today as the vaccine stock dried up and they have turned away beneficiaries until they get the fresh stock. “We had to stop the drive until further order from the Brihanmumbai Municipal Corporation. We are hoping of getting few doses until afternoon following which we will restart it,” he said.

According to civic data, until April 7, Mumbai had received 21.40 lakh vaccines, of which 21.15 lakh had been used, with only 25,000 doses left until Sunday. So far, more than 20 lakh beneficiaries have been administered their shots since the drive began on January 16.

Additional Municipal Commissioner Suresh Kakani said that the city had stocks that would only last for a day or two. “We were down to 1.5 lakh doses, most of which have been distributed. If we don’t get stocks in a day or two, it will be a testing time for us,” he said.

In Mumbai, there are 71 private hospitals and 49 BMC and government vaccine centres authorised to vaccinate, where around 40,000 to 50,000 people are inoculated daily.

After the centre ran out of stock, Mumbai police made an announcement for the general public about the same.

Meanwhile, cumulative COVID-19 vaccination in Maharashtra as of 7 am April 20, is 1,26,50,266. On April 19, Maharashtra administered 3,56,124 through 3,794 centres.

With 58,924 new COVID-19 cases, Maharashtra on Monday (April 19) recorded a slight dip in its daily numbers. Besides, 351 COVID-19 deaths were recorded in the day, taking the death toll to 60,824. The case fatality rate in the state is 1.56%.

52,412 patients were discharged in the day, taking the tally to 31,59,240. The recovery rate in the state stands at 81.04%.

Currently, 37,43,968 people are in home quarantine and 27,081 people are in institutional quarantine.

The total number of active cases in Maharashtra is 6,76,520.

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