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'Vaccine out of stock': Mumbai's BKC Centre halts vaccination drive due to shortage

According to BMC data, until April 7, Mumbai had received 21.40 lakh vaccines, of which 21.15 lakh had been used, with only 25,000 doses left until Sunday. So far, more than 20 lakh beneficiaries have been administered their shots since the drive began.

'Vaccine out of stock': Mumbai's BKC Centre halts vaccination drive due to shortage
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Even as the government expands vaccination for all adults from May 1, the big question in the infection epicentre Maharashtra is -- are the vaccines enough?

On Tuesday morning, April 20, the vaccination drive at Mumbai's BKC centre was halted due to a shortage of vaccine. Boards reading 'Vaccine out of stock' has been put up outside the BKC vaccination centre.

While talking to reporters, the dean of the Centre has stated, "We had 350-400 Covishield doses, we've administered it. We're awaiting more doses. Around 2000 Covaxin doses are available for the second dose, that is being administered."

He also said that they had to stop the vaccination drive today as the vaccine stock dried up and they have turned away beneficiaries until they get the fresh stock. “We had to stop the drive until further order from the Brihanmumbai Municipal Corporation (BMC). We are hoping of getting few doses until afternoon following which we will restart it,” he said.

After the centre ran out of stock, Mumbai police made an announcement for the general public about the same.

On Monday, April 19, as many as 35 private centres couldn’t administer the vaccine in the city as they had run out of vaccine with many state-run hospitals too facing the same hurdle.

Apart from this, in the last two days, 66 COVID-19 vaccine centres in the city didn’t conduct the vaccination drive due to a shortage of vaccine following which the beneficiaries turnout dropped by 60 per cent.

According to BMC data, until April 7, Mumbai had received 21.40 lakh vaccines, of which 21.15 lakh had been used, with only 25,000 doses left until Sunday. So far, more than 20 lakh beneficiaries have been administered their shots since the drive began on January 16.

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