An estimated amount of 3.75 lakh-4 lakh frontline workers are about to be immunised in the 2nd phase of vaccination in Mumbai from Tuesday. The Brihanmumbai Municipal Corporation aka BMC has by far registered 2 lakh frontline workers on the Co-WIN software. Across the state, an estimated amount of about 20 lakh frontline workers will be vaccinated.
From Tuesday the 2nd, 15 hospitals and jumbo facilities will be tied in with around 100 vaccinators to vaccinate health workers and frontline workers in Mumbai. Additional Municipal Commissioner Suresh Kakani said they aim to immunise 10,000 people a day in the city. Frontline workers will not be directed towards JJ hospital, where the Covaxin is being administered. “We have been told that JJ centre is only for those willing to get Covaxin and for JJ hospital staff. We will be directing all frontline workers to vaccination centres with Covishield shots,” is what Kakani said.
A civic employee, who requested anonymity, has said that since BMC is headquartered near CST station and is closest to JJ hospital; several people had raised concerns whether they will be asked to administer Covaxin.
BMC officials also said that they have a stock of close to 2.20 lakh vaccine doses, which include Covishield along with Covaxin, which is going to be used for both health and frontline workers. Until now this stock was adequate only for health workers. Rather than utilising the existing dosages to give 2 shots to health workers, they will be used to give the first shot to health and frontline workers. “We expect more stock in the next 8-10 days based on the data of frontline workers we upload on Co-WIN,” was said by Kakani.
Frontline workers will include the following - municipal staffers, police, defence, security guards, solid waste management workers, revenue department staff, and the top drivers and conductors.
So far, Mumbai has vaccinated more than 47,393 health workers. Across Maharashtra, more than 3 lakh health workers have been immunised with first shot.
- Kinjal Dixit