Mumbai: Over 40,000 people get a jab in city

More than 40,000 beneficiaries were vaccinated across Mumbai on Thursday. According to the data, 41,130 were vaccinated at the 331 covid vaccine centres, of which only 20 lactating mothers were inoculated in the last 24 hours. However 17,759 beneficiaries between 18 to 44 were administered at the private vaccine centres.

City private hospitals are getting Covishield ranging from a few thousand to up to a lakh doses from the SII. BMC data shows that private hospitals are administering 10,000 to 12,000 doses daily, while public vaccination centres are giving 15,000 to 22,000 doses.

Hospitals such as Hinduja, Jaslok, Nanavati, Lilavati, Kokilaben, H N Reliance, Charni Road’s Mittal, Saifee and Masina, among others, are vaccinating both through CoWin and tie ups. While Breach Candy, Criticare, Fortis and Wockhardt are mainly vaccinating through tie ups at present, they also plan to open vaccination to all. Some public centres such as Seven-Hills have tied up with embassies. Mumbai International Airport Ltd (MIAL) has partnered with Lilavati and Dr Meena’s Multispeciality Hospital to vaccinate its employees.

Additional municipal commissioner Suresh Kakani said since private hospitals are procuring their own doses, they are free to administer in any manner. “They can choose how many slots they want to open on Co-Win. The only requirement is vaccination through CoWin should be 100% through online registration,” he said. Hospitals have to submit an application to the local ward office which gives permission for the Drive.

Dr Parag Rindani, Centre Head, Wockhardt Hospital-Mumbai Central said the Mumbai Central and Advanced Locality Management will next week roll out the city's first driven cluster vaccination for the residents of their area. The ALM had directly tied-up with Dr Reddy’s Laboratories who will supply the vaccine and we will store Sputnik V Vaccine at 2-8 degree Celsius at the hospital. Wockhardt Mumbai Central will be the first hospital to administer Sputnik V in the city. “We plan to administer 1000 vaccines with a target of 500 vaccines per day, the 2nd dose will be administered after 21 days. The permissions from the required department are in place. Vaccination is compulsory as this will help reduce the symptoms. We are extremely delighted to support these vaccination drives,” he said.

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