BMC to increase immunization centres

In view of the COVID-19 vaccination drive, the BMC has decided to increase the number of immunization centres in 24 divisional offices.

BMC to increase immunization centres

With the vaccination drive being ongoing across the city, Mumbai’s civic body, the Brihanmumbai Municipal Corporation (BMC) has decided to increase the number of immunization centres in 24 divisional offices.

According to sources, the BMC has decided to start three vaccination centres in each department. Therefore, Mumbaikars will now have access to COVID-19 vaccination near their homes. Moreover, a four-day vaccination program will be conducted in the state.

The first phase of vaccination has started in Mumbai and more than 1,900 people were vaccinated on the first day. Even though the vaccination program was postponed for two days due to a technical glitch in the app, the vaccination campaign has again resumed from Tuesday, January 19.

In the first phase, 1.25 lakh health workers have been vaccinated in Mumbai. In the second phase, front line employees and in the third phase, citizens below 50 years of age will be vaccinated. The municipal administration has decided to expand its vaccination centre as it wants to vaccinate more people for the second and third phase.

Meanwhile, earlier, the Centre in its detailed guidelines on the COVID-19 vaccination process had said that patients who are on immuno-suppressants (cancer patients on chemotherapy, HIV positive and those on steroids) or suffering from the immune deficiency may get vaccinated. However, the ministry suggested that acutely unwell people or those already struggling with the coronavirus or have been administered plasma should delay their vaccination by 4-8 weeks. Moreover, the Centre informed that both the companies, Bharat Biotech International Limited (BBIL) and Serum Institute of India (SII), who have manufactured the coronavirus vaccine, will be liable to pay damages.

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