Mumbai obtained over 1.39 lakh doses of the Oxford COVID-19 vaccine, Covishield, from the Pune-based Serum Institute of India (SII) early Wednesday, the Brihanmumbai Municipal Company mentioned. This primary batch of doses will likely be delivered throughout the town at designated vaccination facilities for the inoculation
drive set to start on January 16, the BMC mentioned in an announcement. The civic physique mentioned it obtained 1,39,500 doses of the Covishield vaccine from the SII round 5.30 am.
Well being division staffers of the BMC introduced the vaccines from neighbouring Pune underneath the safety of two police autos, it mentioned.
“The vaccine doses are being saved at a facility in F-South ward workplace located in Parel,” it acknowledged.
The civic physique has additionally created a centralised chilly storage facility for vaccines in Kanjurmarg. Almost 1.30 lakh well being staff from Mumbai have up to now registered for vaccination, in response to BMC officers.
Mumbai could have 72 inoculation centres, state Well being Minister Rajesh Tope mentioned in a launch on Tuesday.
A minimal of 100 folks will likely be vaccinated in opposition to COVID-19 at a single centre which could have a workforce of 5 personnel who will confirm the SMS despatched to the particular person to be inoculated, her or his identification and administer the vaccine.
“The mandatory association of electrical energy, Web and webcasting service has been made in any respect these centres,” Tope mentioned within the launch.
A large pan-India inoculation drive in opposition to COVID-19 has been set in course of with greater than 56 lakh doses of the Covishield vaccine leaving Pune for 13 cities throughout India on Tuesday.
With the addition of 473 contemporary instances on Tuesday, Mumbai’s cumulative COVID-19 depend has reached 2,99,796, whereas the loss of life toll has gone as much as 11,202, as per official figures.