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Pune: PMC extends ‘vaccine on wheels’ drive to inoculate bed-ridden residents

The 'Vaccine on Wheels’ programme launched to reach out to old-age homes, mental rehabilitation centres, and physically-challenged people will now be extended for the benefit of the bedridden.

Written by Ajay Jadhav | Pune |
Updated: August 10, 2021 10:12:42 pm
PMC undertakes special drive to vaccinate bedridden citizens against Covid-19The Pune Municipal Corporation (PMC) has launched a special Covid-19 vaccination drive to inoculate bedridden citizens at their homes or at the nearest centre. (File photo)

To ensure that nobody is left behind in its ongoing Covid-19 vaccination drive, the Pune Municipal Corporation (PMC) has launched a special initiative to extend the drive even to bed-ridden residents in the city.

The initiative of `vaccine on wheels’, which was earlier launched to reach out to residents of old age homes, mental asylums, and the differently-abled, has now been extended for bed-ridden residents.

Municipal Commissioner Vikram Kumar said those in need of the service should send the required information to The mail should include the name and address of the person, along with information on the reason due to which the person is bedridden. They will also have to submit a consent letter from their doctor and family members.

Civic health officials have to verify the information and fix a date for inoculating the person, said Kumar.

Meanwhile, Mayor Murlidhar Mohol said the PMC will be inoculating 1,000 eligible citizens at six centres and 500 citizens in one centre with Covaxin doses on Tuesday. “Covishield vaccine is not in stock so only Covaxin doses will be administered today,” he said.

Earlier this week, the PMC had relaxed most of the restrictions in the city, with shops allowed to remain open till 8 pm on all days of the week and eateries allowed to operate till 10 pm for dine-in facilities. Malls, beauty parlours, salons and wellness centres can also open on certain conditions.

While the positivity rate of Covid-19 cases in the city is below 5 percent, the state government has warned that residents need to follow Covid protocols or the restrictions would be re-imposed if the positivity rate increases to 7 per cent.

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