Seniors Face Long Wait for Vaccinations at Mulund’s ESIS Vaccination Centre

Seniors Face Long Wait for Vaccinations at Mulund’s ESIS Vaccination Centre

While the third phase of coronavirus vaccinations have officially begun since May 1, many states, including Maharashtra, have reported a shortage in doses. Issues like long lines and preferential treatment in some cases are causing further concerns for the authorities as COVID-19 continues to be a major factor across the country. 

Now, mid-day reports instances of scuffles and other issues at the ESIS Hospital vaccine centre in Mulund as people had to wait for a long time to receive their shots on the morning of Tuesday, May 4. 

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The Central Government is reportedly offering only the second dose for seniors. Further, it is said that the average time taken to vaccinate a single individual was approximately 3 hours. Given that vaccines were in short supply, the Brihanmumbai Municipal Corporation (BMC) allowed a centre at T Ward’s ESIS Hospital for vaccinations. 

This centre was reserved for citizens scheduled to receive their second dose of Covaxin, the vaccine produced by Bharat Biotech. Officials came up with a coupon based entry system to reduce crowding at the sites.

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Although the venue was offered by the hospital, medical staff at the vaccination site were from the civic body. Meanwhile, some of the infrastructure, as well as manpower, was supplied by the Chandrakant Kotecha Charitable Foundation which is run by Mulund BJP MLA Mihir Kotecha.   

Despite all attempts to streamline the process, some seniors said that it took them up to three hours to receive their vaccine shots. To make matters worse, citizens said there were no BMC officials at the centre to address the grievances and concerns of the people. 

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