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26 hospitals in Pune periphery send joint proposal to Serum institute for one lakh vaccine doses

Maharashtra govt had recognised these hospitals as Covid-19 vaccination centres on April 1, and they were involved in the inoculation drive.

Written by Anuradha Mascarenhas | Pune |
Updated: June 14, 2021 11:59:52 am
Serum Institute of IndiaThe Serum Institute of India in Pune. (Express photo: Ashish Kale)

At least 26 small and medium hospitals in and around Pune have jointly sent a proposal to Serum Institute of India (SII) to procure one lakh does of the Covid-19 vaccine.

The state government had recognised these hospitals as Covid vaccination centres on April 1, and they were involved in the inoculation drive. From May 1, however, they have not been able to procure doses from the district health authorities, and the number of doses they demanded from the private vaccine manufacturer was limited.

“Hence, all 26 hospitals have come together and sent a joint proposal to procure one lakh doses. A letter was sent to SII last week and we are waiting for their response,” Dr Sanjay Patil, chairperson of hospital board of India, Indian Medical Association, Pune chapter, told The Indian Express.

Dr Patil said these hospitals were mostly around the periphery of Pune and, since they received government approval as private Covid vaccination centres, the number of sessions for inoculation were also limited to the number of doses received.

“However, the significance is that they are geographically located away from the city and can be utilised to maximise vaccination in peripheral areas,” Dr Patil said.

At present, there are 98 government-approved Covid vaccination centres in the private sector in the city.

Private hospitals are waiting for clarity from the Centre pertaining to distribution of doses from the state government. The SII has told some private hospitals that only those orders for vaccine doses placed before June 8 will be entertained.

Dr Ashwin Porwal, founder of Healing Hands Clinic that has administered vaccine doses to 20,000 beneficiaries so far, said they had placed an order with SII. “We are hoping for some clarity on the way forward,” he said.

According to the state health department, more than 33 lakh vaccine doses have been administered in Pune district.

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