Mumbai receives over 1.39 lakh Covishield vaccine doses: BMC

PTI Updated on January 13, 2021
Pune: Trucks carrying the first consignment of Covid-19 vaccination prepare to leave for Pune airport from Serum Institute of India, in Pune, early Tuesday
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Nearly 1.30 lakh health workers from Mumbai have so far registered for vaccination, according to BMC officials.

Mumbai received over 1.39 lakh doses of the Oxford Covid-19 vaccine, Covishield, from the Pune-based Serum Institute of India (SII) early Wednesday morning, the Brihanmumbai Municipal Corporation said.

This first batch of doses will be delivered across the city at designated vaccination centres for the inoculation drive set to begin on January 16, the BMC said in a statement.

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Health department staffers of the BMC brought the vaccines from neighbouring Pune under the security of two police vehicles, it said.

Also read: Maharashtra govt gears for mass Covid-19 vaccination programme

“The vaccine doses are being stored at a facility in F-South ward office situated in Parel,” it stated.

The civic body has also created a centralised cold storage facility for vaccines in Kanjurmarg.

Nearly 1.30 lakh health workers from Mumbai have so far registered for vaccination, according to BMC officials.

Mumbai will have 72 inoculation centres, Health Minister Rajesh Tope said in a release on Tuesday.

Also read: Maharashtra taking steps for Covid-19 vaccination drive

A minimum of 100 people will be vaccinated against Covid-19 at a single centre which will have a team of five personnel who will verify the SMS sent to the person to be inoculated, her or his identity and administer the vaccine.

“The necessary arrangement of electricity, internet and webcasting service has been made at all these centres,” Tope said in the release.

A massive pan-India inoculation drive against Covid-19 has been set in process with more than 56 lakh doses of the Covishield vaccine leaving Pune for 13 cities across India on Tuesday.

With the addition of 473 fresh cases on Tuesday, Mumbai’s cumulative Covid-19 count has reached 2,99,796, while the death toll has gone up to 11,202, as per official figures.

Published on January 13, 2021
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