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BMC to start vaccinating bedridden persons at home

Those eligible will be administered Covaxin as per the directives of the Maharashtra Covid-19 task force.

By: Express News Service | Mumbai |
Updated: July 30, 2021 7:33:30 am
At a vaccine centre in Mumbai. Express Photo: Amit Chakravarthy

The Brihanmumbai Municipal Corporation (BMC) will from Friday begin vaccinating bedridden and immobile persons at their homes in Mumbai against Covid-19 on a pilot basis. The initiative will start from the K East administrative ward, comprising areas like Andheri East and Marol.

In a statement issued on Thursday, the BMC said that people who are bedridden due to age, physical or medical reasons, will be vaccinated from July 30.

Those eligible will be administered Covaxin as per the directives of the Maharashtra Covid-19 task force. The vaccination will be carried out in the presence of experts and all necessary precautions will be undertaken, the statement said. It added that a medical certificate, along with written consent of the eligible person or a relative, should be submitted to the BMC. NGO Project Mumbai will assist the civic body in the initiative.

To vaccinate people who are bedridden, the BMC had earlier this month made public an email ID seeking details of such persons. Information such as name, age, address and contact number of the person who is bedridden and want to be vaccinated at home, are to be sent to covidvacc2bedridden@gmail.com. So far, BMC has received details of 4,466 eligible people.

As per a draft policy submitted by the state government to the Bombay High Court, as of July 19, there are 17,288 bedridden and immobile persons across the state who could get vaccinated at their residences.

The draft policy has said that physically disabled and wheelchair-bound persons, patients on stretchers, those immune-compromised and on chemotherapy and terminally ill patients who cannot be transported are eligible for receiving vaccination at home.

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