BMC additional commissioner Suresh Kakani said half of Mumbai’s 60-plus population had been fully vaccinated. Of the 11 lakh senior citizens counted during the BMC’s ‘My Family, My Responsibility’ survey last year, the first-shot coverage is 88.8%. As per BMC’s vaccine update on Monday, 9.77 lakh senior citizens in Mumbai have taken at least one shot of the Covid-19 vaccine as against 5.58 lakh, who have taken both. In all, 55% of the total 90 lakh people in the city who are eligible have taken one shot of either Covishield or Covaxin.
In the mass vaccination drive, which began on January 16, the city’s coverage seems higher in terms of percentage than the figures for Maharashtra and India. While 10.7% of Maharashtra’s 8.5 crore eligible population is fully vaccinated, close to 36% have got at least one vaccine. The all-India first-shot coverage is 23%, while 5.9% are fully vaccinated against Covid. BMC executive health officer Dr Mangala Gomare said, “We have covered 15 lakh of the population with two vaccines, but there is a long way ahead.” The 90 lakh population needs 1.8 crore doses, but only 65 lakh doses have been injected so far.
There are over 400 vaccine centres in Mumbai which manage between 60,000 and 1.25 lakh doses on most days. A civic hospital doctor said, “The main challenge is the availability of stocks. We have the infrastructure to vaccinate the entire city in two months — except for adequate vaccine doses.”
There is, however, an issue with vaccination coverage data: as India allows every citizen to take a shot in any part of the country, some of those vaccinated in Mumbai could be residents of nearby satellite cities such as Thane and Vasai or distant cities. “While Aadhar card of the recipient is checked before vaccination, CoWin portal doesn’t give a breakup of a person’s domicile or temporary address. So we have no way of knowing if all those vaccinated in Mumbai live in the city or were travelling through,” said a senior BMC official.
Kakani said senior citizens are unlikely to have travelled far from their home for the vaccination. “At least in the case of senior citizens, we can say half of Mumbai’s 60-plus population is fully vaccinated,” he said. In the case of the under-60 age-group, he said people travelling from Thane or Kalyan could be Mumbai’s workforce.
“During our house-to-house ‘My Family My Responsibility’ survey, we found the city’s population is roughly 1.29 crore,” Kakani said. His health team estimates roughly 45 lakh belong to the 18-45 age-group, while 35 lakh are in the 45-plus age-group. As per Monday’s vaccine update, 50% of the 18-44 age-group, whose vaccination started in fits and bursts on May 1, have got their first shot. In the 45-plus age-group (which includes the 60-plus too), 32% are fully vaccinated while 67% are partially vaccinated.