1.3 lakh jabs in Mumbai in a day; drive in Maharashtra with 19 lakh fresh doses | Mumbai News – Times of India

PUNE/MUMBAI: Even as 1.3 lakh people got vaccinated against Covid-19 in Mumbai on Saturday, the state government plans to vaccinate in huge numbers on Monday after receiving fresh stocks.
The state got 19 lakh doses from the Centre and has dispatched these to districts—including 75,000 to Mumbai —to exhaust the stock quickly.
Of these, 15.7 lakh are Covishield doses needed for almost 97% beneficiaries due for the second dose. Around 3.7 lakh Covaxin doses have been sent too.
According to state data, more than 16.1 lakh people are due for the second dose of Covishield and over 7.75 lakh for the second Covaxin jab.
Maharashtra’s National Health Mission commissioner Ramaswami N told TOI: “We expect to get more vaccines in September, so we are trying to cover maximum beneficiaries due for the second dose in time.”
On the stress on maximum coverage on Monday, he said, “We have told the districts to finish off the latest lot of doses so that we could get more vaccines from the Centre and increase the coverage further. The sooner the doses are administered and exhausted, we can demand more vaccines thereafter.”
Meanwhile, of the 1.3 lakh people who got vaccinated in Mumbai on Saturday, 50,734 doses were given at BMC-run centres while 79,389 were administered at private centres. The total number of doses given out in Mumbai since January 16 are 91.4 lakh, including 24 lakh people who are fully vaccinated with two doses.
According to the state vaccine data, 9.9 lakh people got vaccinated on Friday, taking the number of doses distributed so far to 5.63 crore.
Ramaswami said the state was expected to get around 30 lakh vaccine doses for school teachers as a special case in the next three to four days. “Overall, the country will provide around two crore doses to the states to vaccinate school teachers. Maharashtra usually gets around 10% of the total quantity,” he said. The state health ministry wants to vaccinate between nine and 15 lakh people every day so that it can cover the eligible population within the next three months.
Ramaswami said all districts have to ensure that due dates do not lapse. “Some states in India have allocated a certain number of days in a week to give the second dose only. We are analysing the district-wise due lists and, if necessary, we may go for such an arrangement too,” he added.


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