No Vaccinations in Mumbai
“Owing to the non-availability of vaccine stock, no vaccination will be conducted at any Govt/BMC/Pvt COVID-19 vaccination centre till May 2,” BMC said in a notice released on Thursday.
Amid the recent surge in Coronavirus cases in India reporting more than 3.5 lakh cases on daily basis, centre decided to start inoculating younger people above 18 years from May1.
However, Brihan mumbai Corporation, on Thursday made an announcement to halt vaccination for three days citing vaccine shortage. As a result commencement of new phase of vaccination is likely to get deferred.
Citizens should not panic
The administration has appealed to the senior citizens and the 45-plus age group not to panic or queue outside the vaccination centres. They will be informed through media once vaccines are received.
Ashwini Bhide, the Additional Municipal Commissioner in Mumbai’s civic body tweeted on Thursday that “Even when vaccine drive for 18-44 year age group starts, the centres available now will continue to remain active for 45+ category”. Further adding that“ BMC will add at least 500 more public and private centres for the new drive. So that vaccination for 45+ is not compromised”.
Low vaccine stocks : a growing concern
Initiation of new vaccination phase is likely to exacerbate the problem of inadequate supply of vaccines. Besides Maharashtra, several other states, including Punjab, Delhi and Tamil Nadu, kerela wrote a letter to Prime minister for the same. Punjab health minister Balbir Sidhu said the fresh round of vaccinations can begin only after they receive “up to 10 lakh doses”.
Similar concerns were raised by Kerala Chief Minister Pinarayi Vijayan stating that the inoculation of those above 18 can begin only when the state starts receiving vaccines heralding deferment.