More than one crore vaccines administered in July: BMC

Officials from the civic body confirmed that mroe than 10 million doses were given in one month, for the first time in Mumbai.

More than one crore vaccines administered in July: BMC

Coronavirus (COVID-19) vaccines are being administered in Mumbai over the last few months and several citizens above the age of 18 have been vaccinated across several centres in the city. Maharashtra also has the most number of vaccines administered by any state in India.  

Report released by the Brihanmumbai Municipal Corporation (BMC) confirmed that over one crore  doses have been administered in the city in just a month, and this achievement was noted for the first time. Over one lakh Mumbaikars were vaccinated on a single day in Mumbai Saturday, July 31, 2021, at 426 centres. Out of the 1,01,903 citizens, over 70,000 were vaccinated at centres operated by BMC. 

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Officials from the state government have been working towards procuring more vaccines for the centres in Mumbai, with an aim to vaccinate all the citizens. The Free Press Journal quoted Additional municipal commissioner, Suresh Kakani, who said, “We have adequate doses to conduct vaccination drives on Monday. We are also expecting more doses by Monday night so we will be able to continue with the drive on Tuesday and Wednesday.”

The central government has been providing stock frequently due to which the drive is being conducted smoothly across the state. However, the officials have been demanding additional doses keeping the state population in mind. As per records over 10 lakh doses are to be administered every day, however, with the available stock officials are able to administer only 3 lakh doses on an average each day.

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Earlier in May 2021, the central government announced vaccination for people above the age of 18, and also asked the state governments to purchase the vaccines directly from the manufacturers. On the other hand, the cost of the vaccines was also increased by the government. This led to a delay of several weeks as the state government had invited tenders to purchase vaccines, however, the same were cancelled later. 

As of now, officials from the BMC have ensured citizens are vaccinated without any trouble. Initiatives like the drive-in vaccination centres, administration at the residential premises, etc. were implemented to ensure people do not face concerns while getting jabbed.

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