April 24, 2021 1:33:11 am
As many as 52 out of 132 Covid-19 vaccination centres in Mumbai were shut on Friday due to a shortage of vaccines. The current stock available with the BMC will last only for a few hours on Saturday morning, said civic officials.
“There is an acute shortage of vaccine supply. Hence, vaccination centres have been instructed to give preferences to citizens pending for the second dose (over those looking to receive the first dose),” said the BMC.
The civic body is expecting 50,000 doses of Covishield, developed by Pune’s Serum Institute of India in collaboration with British pharmaceutical major AstraZeneca, to come in by late Friday night. The civic official said, “We are receiving doses in different batch size from anything between 16,000 and 50,000, which makes it difficult to slot the vaccines to the centres.”
“Since vaccine supply is expected tonight (Friday), there will be a delay in starting the vaccination drive tomorrow (Saturday),” said BMC. Till late Friday night, BMC had not released the list of vaccination centres which will be functioning on Saturday.
Officials said there is no clarity on the supply of Covaxin, developed by Indian company Bharat Biotech, and several slated for a second dose are being turned away. Currently, the BMC is providing stock to only government centres while private centres will be given more doses as fresh supply comes in, said a civic official.
Since Monday, the temporary closure of private vaccination centres has led to crowding at the civic-run facilities in the city. On Thursday, citizens had to wait for up to three hours at the BKC and Dahisar jumbo facilities. BKC facility, which has the highest vaccination turnout, had suspended vaccination on Friday.
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