The health department of the Mira Bhayandar Municipal Corporation (MBMC) has announced that all its Covid-19 vaccination centers will remain closed on Thursday, apparently due to shortage of jabs.
In a press release, MBMC’s health officer- Dr. Anjali Patil stated that none of the centres will provide vaccinations on Thursday and the drive will resume in accordance to fresh stock of vaccines sent by the state government authorities.
Presently, the MBMC handles 16 public health care facilities and nine private centers to cater the vaccination needs of citizens in the twin-city. So far a total of 2,88,569 doses which includes 2,22,168 first doses and 66,401 second doses have been administered to people, since the launch of the drive on January 16, 2021.
A total of 11,501 doses (first and second) were administered on Tuesday. Notably, the MBMC has reported negative figures in terms of wastage of Covid-19 vaccines. The consistent efforts by the civic administration including an increase in the pace of inoculation and systematic planning, supported by a robust manpower mechanism has ensured a negative vaccine wastage of -0.8 percent. Vaccine wastage refers to the number of doses wasted as compared to administered during the drive. Notably, each 5 ml vial of the vaccine has 10 doses (for 10 persons) in total. Effective management and skilled vaccinators can get up to 11 to 12 doses from each vial. The negative wastage has resulted in more beneficiaries being inoculated than the intended number.