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MUMBAI: In a surprise check at a hotel offering a Covid vaccination package, mayor Kishori Pednekar on Sunday found vaccines stored in an ordinary fridge instead of specialised cold storage facilities that are needed to store the vaccines. Pednekar has asked BMC officials to check if the vaccination drive complied with all the norms and submit a detailed report.
“There is a tie-up between the hotel and Criticare Hospital, which is the vaccinating agency. The hospital bought the vaccine doses as per the Central government rules but the BMC is not aware of this hotel vaccination centre. I’m concerned about the fridge where the vaccines were kept. If the temperature is not maintained, the vaccine may lose efficacy. Cold storage facilities were not properly maintained,” Pednekar said after visiting The Lalit Hotel in Andheri East. She said 500 people had already received their jabs at the hotel. The hotel management did not respond to a query from TOI.
A statement issued by Criticare Hospital said the drive adhered to all protocols. “On May 22, we conducted a vaccination camp for employees of ICICI Bank. After attaining all the requisite approvals and permits, along with the mandated CVC code from BMC, we administered the vaccine to 750 employees at Lalit Hotel, a venue pre-decided by the organisation. The camp was organised following the required protocols and was fully equipped with all the necessary medical requirements. The vaccines were carefully carried and given to everyone with all the vital safety precautions. Criticare Hospital was not involved in any vaccination programme carried out in the hotel before or after May 22. As part of the medical fraternity, we understand the impetus to follow all the safety procedures and undertaking,” the statement read.
Desperate to give their dwindling business a booster shot, hotels have jumped on to the vaccination bandwagon, offering a range of freebies and packages. However, the Central government has warned them against doing so. Union health minister Dr Harsh Vardhan had tweeted: “Hotels offering Covid-19 vaccination packages shall face strict legal action! Such activities are in contravention to rules under the national Covid vaccination programme and must cease immediately.” Pradeep Shetty, spokesperon for Hotel and Restaurant Association Western India (HRAWI) that comprises star hotels, said he was not aware of any member making such an offer. Inputs Chittaranjan Tembhekar


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