Staring at an acute shortage of vaccines, the health department of the Mira Bhayandar Municipal Corporation (MBMC) is now giving priority for those who are due for their second dose, when scheduling vaccination sessions.
On Monday, only five out of the 16 MBMC handled public health care facilities and nine private centers will cater to the vaccination needs of citizens who are due for their second dose. This at a time when the civic administration had stepped up its coronavirus vaccination drive aimed at maximizing coverage in the twin-city.
“We are equipped to vaccinate around 15,000 people on a daily basis, however the short supply of vaccines has slowed down the drive. We have been assured of a regular flow of vaccines by the government authorities this week” said a health officer requesting anonymity.
Regular drives have been on-hold as no vaccination sessions have been planned for the past couple of days. As per official statistics, a total of 2,98,315 doses which includes 2,29,650 first doses and 68,665 second doses have been administered to people so far. Notably, only 2,552 doses including 935 at private establishments (first and second) were administered on Saturday.
Meanwhile active cases witnessed a slight upward trend last week, apparently owing to decline in the number of recoveries. While 320 more people tested positive for the infection from 20 to 26, June, only 189 recoveries and 13 deaths were reported in the corresponding period. With the latest additions the active caseload has jumped from 109 to 230 in just six days. The death toll has mounted to 1328.