The BMC on Tuesday informed the Bombay High Court that between July 30 and August 9, of the 4,889 bedridden and immobile persons registered for home vaccination in Mumbai, 1,317 people – around one-fourth – have been inoculated without any incidence of adverse event following immunisation (AEFI).
The BMC had conducted the pilot drive for home vaccination in K East ward on July 30. From August 2, it had started regular drives across all the 24 wards.
Last week, the court had directed the BMC to file an affidavit indicating the number of immobile people vaccinated by August 11, and also indicate the exact role of NGOs in the home vaccination drive.
The civic body submitted an affidavit on Tuesday to a division bench of Chief Justice Dipankar Datta and Justice Girish S Kulkarni, which has been hearing a PIL filed by city-based lawyers Dhruti Kapadia and Kunal Tiwari, seeking directions to the Centre, the state and the BMC to provide door-to-door vaccination to people aged above 75 years, to the disabled and the bedridden.
On the role of NGOs in the drive, the BMC said that it took the help of NGOs in some wards for additional manpower and ambulance services. “NGOs can help in calling beneficiaries three or four days before the day of vaccination. They can also sensitise local doctors and help beneficiaries in obtaining certificates of ‘fit for vaccination’,” it added.
Kapadia, the petitioner, suggested that post vaccination at home, the beneficiary should be monitored for adverse effect for 48 hours and if any is detected, the person should be immediately treated by a local hospital on priority. Further suggestions included the creation of a cellphone application where the medical history of the beneficiary can be stored, which can be of immediate help case of adverse reactions. The HC will hear the PIL next on Thursday.
Last week, Advocate General Ashutosh Kumbhakoni, appearing for Maharashtra government, had placed before the court a finalised “state policy for Covid-19 vaccination for bedridden and immobile persons”, as per which such beneficiaries shall get Covaxin doses. He said the drive till date is “more or less successful”.