After A 2-Day Hault, COVID-19 Vaccination Drive Resumes In Mumbai, Pune

OVID-19 Inoculation drive resumed in Mumbai and Pune after it was suspended for two days amid the reports of technical glitches in the Co-WIN app, created by the Centre for managing vaccination process in the country.

The inoculation drive resumed at nine centres in Mumbai and 28 centres in the neighbouring Pune district, officials said.

On Tuesday, the vaccination process started around 9 am at all the centres in Mumbai and will remain open till 5 pm, they added.

Unlike the first day of the vaccination on Saturday, there was hardly any rush of beneficiaries for taking jabs in the metropolis.

The waiting room at a vaccination centre in the civic-run KEM Hospital was almost empty at around 10.30 am.

“Only 15 to 20 people have come since the start of the process today,” a staffer at the vaccination centre said.

A doctor at a vaccination centre in Mumbai said the response was slow in the morning, but the process was gradually picking up.

On the first day, only 1,923 out of 4,000 registered beneficiaries got the doses in Mumbai, as per the Brihanmumbai Municipal Corporation (BMC).

In Pune, the vaccination resumed at 28 out of the 31 centres on Tuesday, a senior district health official said. There are 31 vaccination centres in the district- eight each in Pune city and Pimpri-Chinchwad civic limits and 15 in rural areas. Pune Municipal Corporation’s health chief Dr Ashish Bharti said the vaccination could not be started at three centres due to some technical issues.

“We are trying to rectify the issues at the three centres. The vaccination at the remaining five centres in the city started at 10 am,” he said.

He also said the administration is trying to conduct more vaccinations than the designated target of 100 per day at bigger medical facilities in Pune, like the Sassoon Hospital and the Kamla Nehru Hospital.

On the first day of the inoculation on Saturday, a total of 1,802 beneficiaries out of the targeted 3,100 were given vaccine doses in Pune.

Over 300 people had later complained of minor side effects, as per the district administration.

Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Saturday had launched the world’s largest vaccination drive with healthcare workers at the frontline of India’s COVID-19 battle getting their first jabs.

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