First Batch Of SII’s Covishield Arrives In Mumbai, Ahead Of The Mass Vaccination Drive
A day before the auspicious occasion of Makar Sankranti, on Wednesday, Mumbai received about 1,39,500 doses of the vaccine ahead of the mass vaccination drive to be held at 72 centres.
As per the official statistics, Maharashtra is one of the worst-hit state by the Coronavirus pandemic in India. But, it seems like that the tables will soon turn for the state as along with the centre, it is gearing up for the mass vaccination drive. A day before the auspicious occasion of Makar Sankranti, Maharastra’s Mumbai received the first consignment of ‘Covishield’, the COVID-19 vaccine by Serum Institute of India (SII). The financial capital of India received about 1,39,500 doses of the vaccine ahead of the mass vaccination drive to be held at 72 centres.
As per Municipal Commissioner, IS Chahal, the vaccine was brought from Pune in a special vehicle of Brihanmumbai Municipal Corporation (BMC). Interestingly, it is said that the BMC had registered 1.30 lakh healthcare workers in the 1st phase of the drive and it has stored 9,500 extra viles. Talking about managing the storage of the vaccine, the cold storage facility has been set up at F/South Ward Office situated in Parel. Interestingly, it has three ILR refrigerators.
On the other hand, the BMC has set up a total of 72 vaccination booths in Mumbai at eight different locations, which means, at a time, 72 people can get vaccinated. Maharashtra, which has been allocated 9.63 lakh Covishield vaccine doses, will also receive 20,000 doses of Covaxin from Bharat Biotech.
On the other hand, the first batch of the Covid-19 vaccine by Bharat Biotech also reached Delhi and Hyderabad via the air route. While an Air India flight landed with 3 boxes, the Vistara flight reached Delhi with 4 boxes. On the same day, i.e. January 13, Madhya Pradesh also received a consignment of Covishield. If reports are something to go by, then more than 5 million vaccine vials arrived early on Wednesday at hundreds of hospitals and clinics across India.
And as per India’s plan for mass vaccination drive, the nation aims to vaccinate 300 million people by July. The first phase of the mass vaccination drive will begin from this Saturday, that is January 16. As per the centre’s plan, healthcare workers from both government & private sector will be the first to receive the vaccine followed by frontline workers including civil defense & disaster management volunteers.
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