From May 17-19, walk-ins allowed in Mumbai, but no first dose vaccination

For simply three days – from Could 17 to Could 19 – the Brihanmumbai Municipal Company (BMC) in Mumbai will placed on maintain obligatory on-line reserving for vaccine slots and allow walk-in registration for these above 60 years of age eligible for second dose of Covishield and Covaxin, folks of all ages who’re to get the second dose of Covaxin and the specially-abled. For these three days, nobody can be administered first doses, the civic physique introduced on Wednesday.

The BMC requested folks to entry vaccination centres nearest to their properties or of their ward for walk-in registrations. It additionally mentioned that vaccination centres will probably be shut on Sunday.

After asserting on Tuesday that it will proceed with Covishield vaccinations for the 18 to 44 age group, the BMC mentioned on Wednesday that it’s halting all vaccinations for this group, after state Well being Minister Rajesh Tope mentioned that every one inventory is being diverted in direction of administering second dose to the 45-plus age group in Maharashtra.

Many individuals have expressed anger and frustration at not having the ability to take their second jab even six to seven weeks after receiving their first shot. Many senior residents have mentioned the administration ought to prioritise vaccination of individuals due for the second dose and pause the drive for the 18 to 44 age group until vaccine provide is streamlined.

Besides on Could 17, 18, and 19, these above 45 years of age should ebook an appointments on CoWin app to get jabs within the 195 vaccination centres in Mumbai.

The BMC on Wednesday tweeted, “Slots for 45+ shall open after 9 PM tonight for reserving to get vaccinated tomorrow (Could 13). No walk-ins allowed.”

Tope mentioned that the state’s vaccination drive for the 18 to 44 age group has been placed on maintain as a consequence of a “scarcity of doses”. The BMC had began administering vaccines to this age group from Could 1, starting with 5 centres, which was later elevated to 10.

Mumbai Guardian Minister Aaditya Thackeray, BMC Commissioner Iqbal Singh Chahal and Extra Municipal Commissioner Suresh Kakani had on Tuesday met to debate administering the second dose to these eligible, the technique for higher communication and reserving of slots by people who find themselves not tech-savvy.

“Trying on the restricted provide of vaccines, it’s essential that we full the prescribed second shot within the coming week for individuals who have gone previous the prescribed hole between two vaccines,” tweeted Aaditya.

Within the round, Chahal mentioned that one vaccination centre is being arrange in every ward. He added that the working hours of the centres must be mounted based mostly on the variety of doses obtainable for the day. Additionally, there must be a minimum of 100 doses obtainable at each sales space, the round mentioned.

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