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BMC to open more COVID-19 vaccination centres in Mumbai; Vaccine shortage continues

The health officials said that they are administering vaccines as per the current stock and capacity of the centres. Though the BMC is ready to start four centres in each of the 24 wards, availability of vaccines still remains a point of concern.

BMC to open more COVID-19 vaccination centres in Mumbai; Vaccine shortage continues
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Even as the next phase of vaccination for people above 18 years of age is scheduled to start from May 1, the city continues to face a shortage of vaccines.

The Brihanmumbai Municipal Corporation (BMC) has already started training its staff as the number of centres will be increased from May 1, but it is still waiting for the state government’s guidelines.

However, on Thursday, April 22, 48 centres out of the total 132 did not conduct vaccinations due to the non-availability of jabs.

Many of the centres at public and government hospitals have been shut for the past two weeks due to the non-availability of vaccines.

The health officials said that they are administering vaccines as per the current stock and capacity of the centres. Though the BMC is ready to start four centres in each of the 24 wards, the availability of vaccines still remains a point of concern.

This phase comes even as many people above the age of 45 years with comorbidities continue to wait for their first dose.

Though the BMC administered 48,152 jabs on Thursday, almost 40 per cent of them were second doses. Out of these, 4,000 doses were given to health care and frontline workers, 21,762 to senior citizens and 22,104 to those above 45 years of age with comorbidities.

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