Mumbaikars flock for jabs as only 70% centers remain open
With the fear of a shortage of vaccines, people queued up in scorching heat outside vaccination centers in Mumbai on Monday to receive anti-COVID-19 jabs. The fresh stock will ensure smooth vaccination only till April 28. Earlier this month, 75 vaccination centers across Mumbai, including a jumbo COVID-19 facility in business district BKC, had suspended inoculation due to vaccine shortage.
Only 94 centers of 135 are currently functional
Long queues were seen outside several government and civic-run vaccination centers in the megapolis though only 94 of the total 135 COVID-19 vaccination centers remained functional, sources said. The Brihanmumbai Municipal Corporation (BMC) said only 94 vaccination centers remained functional, including 12 run by the government, 40 by private (hospitals), and 42 by the civic body on Monday.
List of functional vaccination centers across Mumbai
BMC received fresh stock of Covishield and COVAXIN on Sunday
The Mumbai civic body on Sunday said it received 1.5 lakh Covishield vaccines and 8,000 doses of COVAXIN, and all the vaccination centers in the city will be functional on April 26. As per the BMC data, 45,326 people were inoculated during the day with 42,006 of them receiving Covishield shots and 3,320 COVAXIN including 2,233 beneficiaries who received the second doses.
Long queues could be seen outside vaccination centers
Of the total 135 vaccination centers in Mumbai, 75 centers are private, 42 are run by the BMC while 17 are operated by the state government. According to civic sources, some inoculation centers like NESCO in Goregaon, Dahisar Jumbo center, Kandivali Shatabdi, Sion Hospital and BKC jumbo center saw long queues of people since early morning waiting to get the anti-COVID-19 jab.
India will start inoculating people over 18 from May 1
The BMC has appealed to private centers equipped with cold storage facilities, sufficient manpower, and space, to apply for setting up vaccination centers. Currently, essential services workers, frontline workers, and citizens aged over 45 are allowed to receive vaccine doses. In the next phase of vaccination beginning May 1, 90 lakh people in Mumbai, over the age of 18, will become eligible for inoculation.