Mumbai: The primary batch of 1.39 lakh doses of the Covishield, the Serum Institute of India’s coronavirus vaccine, arrived in Mumbai early this morning from Pune.
The consignment can be delivered throughout the town at designated vaccination facilities for the inoculation drive set to start on Saturday, Mumbai’s civic physique BMC (Brihanmumbai Municipal Company) mentioned in an announcement.
The civic physique mentioned that the consignment containing 1,39,500 doses of the vaccine was introduced from the Serum Institute of India’s Pune manufacturing facility underneath the safety of two police automobiles round 5.30 am. A ”puja” was carried out, together with the normal breaking of coconuts, as soon as the car reached the storage facility in Panvel.
“The vaccine doses are being saved at a facility in F-South ward workplace located in Parel,” it said.
The civic physique has additionally created a centralised chilly storage facility for vaccines in Kanjurmarg.
Practically 1.30 lakh well being staff from Mumbai have thus far registered for vaccination, in accordance with BMC officers.
Mumbai may have 72 inoculation centres, state Well being Minister Rajesh Tope mentioned in a launch on Tuesday.
A minimal of 100 folks can be vaccinated in opposition to COVID-19 at a single centre which may have a crew of 5 personnel who will confirm the SMS despatched to the particular person to be inoculated, her or his id and administer the vaccine.
“The mandatory association of electrical energy, Web and webcasting service has been made in any respect these centres,” Mr Tope mentioned within the launch.
On Tuesday, three temperature-controlled vehicles rolled out of the Serum Institute gates carrying with 56.5 lakh doses of its COVID-19 vaccines. Aside from Mumbai, the vaccines had been despatched to 12 different places for the huge pan-India inoculation drive via which vaccine pictures can be provided to 1.3 billion folks in what officers name the ‘world’s greatest vaccination drive’.
Mumbai added 473 contemporary circumstances on Tuesday, taking its complete tally to 2,99,796, Over 11,000 folks have died within the metropolis as a result of virus, as per official figures.
With inputs from PTI