bmc: BMC reaches out to housing societies, slums for maximum vaccinations | Mumbai News – Times of India

MUMBAI: BMC’s 24 wards have taken up initiatives to ensure maximum members of housing societies and those from slum pockets are vaccinated at the earliest, to reach the last mile for Covid-19 vaccinations.
Some civic wards are reaching out to housing societies by seeking data of the number of people vaccinated and unvaccinated.
BMC’s R North ward has started issuing request letters to housing societies seeking details of vaccination status of eligible people, including house helps, gardeners and laundry men.
Assistant municipal commissioner (R North ward) Mrudula Ande said, “Depending on data collated, we plan to hold a special vaccination session for those unvaccinated at the nearest civic vaccination centre. We have sought the vaccination status of anyone entering the building, as they could be super-spreaders. Hence, the need to be vaccinated on priority.”
The notice issued to housing society stated, “As everyone is aware that the current Covid-19 scenario in the country and the threat of third wave, there is a need to follow Covid-19 appropriate behaviour, which includes maintaining social distance, washing hands frequently and getting vaccinated. The virus has not been completely eradicated and caution is needed to prevent a surge. Vaccination is the only way forward to prevent a surge. Hence, requesting you to provide vaccination status of society members, maids, security guards, milkman, laundry person and gardener.”
On Monday, BMC launched a logo having a QR code pasted on it. This logo will be given to societies having all adults fully vaccinated. The certificates will be pasted outside housing societies.
Medical health officer (R North ward) Dr Avinash Vayadande said special Zoom meetings with housing societies have been held. “We have informed them about nearest testing centres, if required, and the need to get everyone vaccinated. Apart from housing societies, we are holding special vaccination camps via CSR for slum pockets like Ganpat Patil Nagar, where in few days we plan to vaccinate 12,000 people,” said Dr Vayadande.
Vaccination at G P Nagar slum is being done by Surana group of hospitals. G P Nagar, which has a population of around 50,000 (mainly Class IV workers and migrants). Dr Prince Surana, CEO of Surana group of hospitals, said, “We plan to deploy 35 staff each day so that many can be covered. Such initiatives via donors are being carried out in various slum pockets in the city through our hospital.”
At Cuffe Parade, BMC plans vaccination on building premises. Corporator Harshita Narwekar said she had tied up with the ward health officer and sent out messages. “We are starting camps, with BMC to try to get all vaccinated at the earliest. I requested committee members to share a list of people needing vaccination,” said Narwekar.


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