Updated: May 31, 2021 6:46:34 pm
Mumbai Mayor Kishori Pednekar on Sunday ordered a probe into alleged violation of national vaccine protocols at a five-star hotel in Andheri East.
Pednekar, who paid a surprise visit to the hotel, The Lalit, said it was offering vaccination packages without following vaccine storage guidelines.
“I got to know that the hotel management was offering a ‘Covid package’. When I reached there, I found that the vaccines were kept in a normal fridge, which is in violation of guidelines as they have to be kept in cold storage. This could impact the efficacy of the vaccine,” said Pednekar.
“For ice bags they are using water bottles. There are several violations of norms. The hotel got the vaccines through a tie-up with Criticare Hospital. I have ordered a probe in this matter,” she added.
Pednekar also said that the BMC was not informed about the tie-up between the hospital and hotel’s vaccination drive.
The Indian Express called Reshma Chugh, the contact person for the hotel’s vaccination programme, but her phone was switched off.
In a statement, Criticare hospital said: “On 22rd May 2021, we conducted a vaccination camp from 9:30 am to 6:00 pm 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 organization. The camp was organized following the required protocols and was fully equipped with all the necessary medical requirements. The vaccines were carefully carried and inoculated to everyone with all the vital safety precautions. Further to this, we did the vaccination camp only for a single day. Criticare hospital was not involved with any vaccination programme carried out in the hotel before or after 22 May 2021.
“As a part of the medical fraternity, we understand the impetus to follow all the safety procedures and undertaking.”