Mumbai: Walk-in COVID-19 inoculation drive for lactating mothers, pregnant women
After a Central directive, the Mumbai civic body on Monday allowed lactating mothers and pregnant women to get themselves vaccinated against COVID-19 at approved centers without prior registration, officials said on Monday. Lactating mothers and pregnant women can walk in at the centers run by the Maharashtra government and the Brihanmumbai Municipal Corporation (BMC) between Monday and Wednesday, a BMC release said.
As per latest directive, lactating mothers can take the jab
They are now included in the list of the categories eligible for vaccination on the three days, it said. However, they have to register at vaccination centers. The BMC cited the May 19 directive of the Union government permitting lactating mothers to take COVID-19 vaccines.
Necessary papers need to be carried to get the vaccine
"While administering vaccines to lactating mothers, all the necessary guidelines will be followed. They will have to carry necessary documents about the date and place of delivery along with medical details," the civic body said. "Pregnant women will have to produce a certificate written on the letterhead of gynecologists from whom they are taking treatment along with a self-consent letter," it said.
So far, 29,80,478 citizens have been vaccinated in Mumbai
A BMC spokesperson said pregnant women can also walk in for COVID-19 jabs between Monday and Wednesday. At present, Mumbai has 321 active vaccination centers, and so far, 29,80,478 citizens have been administered COVID-19 vaccines including 25,211 inoculations on Monday. As of Monday, Mumbai's COVID-19 tally stood at 6,98,867 while the overall death toll is 14,671.
India's death toll crossed the three lakh mark on Monday
Meanwhile, on Monday, India's death toll due to COVID-19 crossed the three lakh mark. May has been the deadliest month since the beginning of the pandemic. The last one lakh COVID-19 deaths were added in less than a month. However, vaccinations have slowed across India since a peak in early April. Thus far, India has only fully vaccinated 3.8% of its total population.