Mumbai civic body to hold vaccine drive as per age group

Mumbai: The BMC, on Saturday, said in order to make the vaccination process more systematic it is working towards classifying the days of the week to beneficiaries of different age groups.

On Saturday, a free vaccination drive was initiated in 10 BMC-run facilities where 1,778 citizens between the age group of 30 to 44 years were administered the first dose of Covishield for free. These special drives have been arranged to ramp up the vaccination amongst the younger age groups, whose vaccination was put on hold last month.

Suresh Kakani, additional municipal commissioner and in-charge of public health in the BMC, said that next week, the BMC will issue a set of guidelines for the vaccination policy to ensure uninterrupted vaccination drive.

"Now most of the centres are administering the doses in a limited manner and incase of shortage many centres suspend their drives for the day. We are working towards making the entire vaccination drive uninterrupted and detailed guidelines for the same will follow soon," Kakani told FPJ on Saturday.

"Similar to how walk-in is allowed on the first three days of the week, we are working towards classifying the days to different age groups, to avert overcrowding at the centres. For example between Thursday and Saturday the younger age groups may be given preference," Kakani said.

He also mentioned that by next week, the BMC will add more centres for the 30-44 years of beneficiaries and increase the quota of vaccine supply in these centres as well.

"On Saturday around 150 to 200 doses were administered in these centres on first come first serve basis, the quota of vaccines will be increased next week," Kakani said.

Meanwhile on Saturday, total of 74,630 beneficiaries were administered their Covid-19 doses. This includes 49,917 beneficiaries in the 18-44 years of age group. Alongside this, 14,426 citizens between 45-59 years of age and 10,050 citizens above 60 years of age took their dose on Saturday.

The overall figures also include 101 healthcare workers, 102 frontline workers and 34 lactating mothers.

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