Maharashtra : 1 crore people in Mumbai to be vaccinated by BMC in first month

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Mumbai: The Brihanmumbai Municipal Corporation (BMC) has decided to vaccinate around 1 crore people in a month as soon as the vaccine is approved. Officials of BMC are gearing up for the same and the preparations for the same have already been started. The Union health ministry has instructed all states to keep a blueprint of their first vaccination process ready.

Regular meetings by the civic body are being held with senior health officers, including deans of medical colleges. According to the initial planning of the blueprint, other than medical colleges, the civic body will start vaccination points at peripheral hospitals.

As told by the BMC Additional municipal commissioner, Suresh Kakani, they are ready with the blueprint and are planning to vaccinate almost half of the population within a month. But the final decision depends on the

new guidelines released by the state government for the COVID-19 vaccine distribution.

A 5000 square feet floor in a five-storey civic building in Kanjurmarg has been identified by the BMC as a cold storage facility. But, depending on the type of the vaccine, the temperature of the cold storage facility will be structured.

Second and third phase of the clinical trials of the foreign vaccine COVISHIELD manufactured by Oxford University are being conducted by the King Edward Memorial (KEM) Hospital in Parel and BYL Nair hospital in Mumbai Central. Lokmanya Tilak General Hospital, known as Sion Hospital and the government-run J J hospital will soon start the clinical trial of the first indigenous COVID-19 vaccine- COVAXIN.

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