Navi Mumbai Municipal Corporation (NMMC) received 20,000 more doses of Covishield from the government on Sunday and the vaccination drive picked up the initial stage again. At present, the civic body is conducting the vaccination drive at 49 centres including private hospitals and more than 7000 citizens are vaccinated per day.
The vaccination drive which was halted and slowed pace due to unavailability of vaccines has taken the pace again. “We received another stock of 20,000 Covishield vaccines from the government and all the vaccination centers are getting a good response,” said the municipal commissioner Abhijit Bangar. He added that more than 1.75 lakh citizens have been benefited from the vaccination drives in the city.
Three major civic hospitals of NMMC hospitals have round the clock vaccination facilities where citizens can go anytime and take the vaccines. In addition, at 23 urban health centres, the vaccination is underway from 9 am to 5 pm.
In addition, four booths are functioning at the Jumbo Vaccination Center at ESIS Hospital at Sector 5 in Vashi from 8 am to 8 pm. Vaccination is being provided free of cost seven days a week at all Navi Mumbai Municipal Corporation centers. Similarly, in 21 private hospitals vaccination is available at Rs. 250 per dose.
Vaccination of citizens above 45 years of age has been started from April 1 and so far, 74, 124 such citizens have been vaccinated. At present, the first dose of Covishield vaccine is being given to the new citizens. The second dose is to be taken 6 to 8 weeks after the first dose of Covishield vaccine.
Those who have taken the first dose of Covaxin should also take the second dose of Covaxin in a period of 4 to 6 weeks. A second dose of Covaxin vaccine is available at municipal hospitals in Vashi, Nerul and Airoli.