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Covid vaccination for above 45 starts today, Pune district gets 3.25 lakh doses

Meanwhile, at some hospitals in the city, efforts are being made to get more volunteers as the staff is engaged in clinical work.

Written by Anuradha Mascarenhas | Pune |
Updated: March 31, 2021 10:14:18 pm
Covid vaccination at Mavle Hospital on Wednesday. Express photo by Ashish Kale. 31/03/2021 Pune.

With the next phase of Covid-19 vaccinations — in which everyone above the age of 45 has to be vaccinated — starting on Thursday, Pune district received 3.25 lakh vaccine doses on Wednesday evening.

“We are also planning to step up the number of Covid vaccination centres from the present 318 to 600 within the next three to four days,” said Dr Sanjay Deshmukh, deputy director, Health, Pune circle. Pune circle includes the districts of Pune, Satara and Solapur.

Till date, Pune district has vaccinated 8 lakh beneficiaries, including healthcare workers, frontline workers and senior citizens. With the Union health ministry indicating that saturation of vaccination should be a priority in the most affected districts, Pune is now preparing to commence the latest phase of the inoculation drive. In Satara, a total of 1.66 lakh beneficiaries have been vaccinated while Solapur has vaccinated a total of 1.54 lakh persons.

Ayush Prasad, CEO of Pune Zilla Parishad, told The Indian Express that of the 3.25 lakh doses, a total of 1.4 lakh each has been received by PMC and Pune Rural, while 45,780 doses have been sent to Pimpri-Chinchwad. According to health authorities, Satara has received 59,450 vaccine doses, Sangli 28,750 and Kolhapur 96,780.

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“We need the same enthusiasm among the 45-plus age group as was shown by senior citizens,” Dr V K Paul, member of NITI Aayog (Health), had said during the weekly media conference on Tuesday. He appealed to local residents to follow social distancing protocols and take the vaccine.

Meanwhile, at some hospitals in the city, efforts are being made to get more volunteers as the staff is engaged in clinical work. Dr H K Sale, executive director at Noble Hospital, said that they have made arrangements like setting up a pandal and waiting area. “We require more manpower support as our staff is engaged in clinical work,” he said.

Hospital authorities have also urged medical insurance firms to expedite clearance of claims. Delays in clearances is resulting in patients occupying the beds even after their recovery has been confirmed.

“This is an appeal to medical insurance firms to expedite the claim clearance process as even if the consulting doctor approves the discharge of a patient in the morning, it is only in the night that the patient can vacate the hospital bed,” said Dr Sale, who is in isolation as he has also tested positive for Covid-19.

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