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BMC to extend home vaccination drive to K-West ward today

On Monday, the two teams, each consisting of a doctor and nurse, will begin the doorstep vaccination drive from the K-East ward. Later in the day, the teams will also administer vaccines to beneficiaries in the K-West ward.

Written by Sanjana Bhalerao | Mumbai |
Updated: August 2, 2021 1:37:15 am
On Friday, the drive began around noon with 14 bedridden citizens at Dr Niranjan Wagh Home, an old-age home, in Jogeshwari.

AFTER SUCCESSFULLY vaccinating bedridden and immobile persons at home in the K-East ward, the Brihanmumbai Municipal Corporation (BMC) is set to extend the drive from Monday to the neighbouring K-West ward to cover Andheri, Vile Parle (West) and Juhu.

On Monday, the two teams, each consisting of a doctor and nurse, will begin the doorstep vaccination drive from the K-East ward. Later in the day, the teams will also administer vaccines to beneficiaries in the K-West ward.

Currently, two teams and an ambulance from each ward have been pressed into service for the drive. A representative from the ward’s health department also accompanies the team. Depending on the experience from these wards and the response from the citizens, BMC officials said, the drive will be later extended across the city. So far, BMC has received details of 4,488 eligible people for the home vaccination drive.

Thirty-seven people were administered Covaxin at their residence on Friday, the first day of the initiative when it was rolled out from the K-East ward in association with NGO Project Mumbai. The civic body had received a total of 209 registrations for the drive from the area. About 30 citizens from the K-East ward have confirmed their vaccination appointment for Monday, officials said.

The BMC had expressed its intent to start a home vaccination drive for senior citizens and those who are immobile before the Bombay High Court after a PIL was filed by two city-based lawyers, Dhruti Kapadia and Kunal Tiwari, seeking directions to the central and state governments and the BMC to provide door-to-door vaccination facility for people over 75 years of age, the disabled and the bedridden.

The draft policy submitted by the state government to the high court said that physically disabled and wheelchair-bound persons, patients on stretchers, those immune-compromised and on chemotherapy and terminally ill patients who cannot be transported were eligible for receiving vaccination at home.

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