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BMC Shuts Private Vaccination Centres in Mumbai Till Monday Due to 'Insufficient Stocks', Govt Ones Open

Syringes and ice packs are seen inside a vaccination box in Mumbai.

Syringes and ice packs are seen inside a vaccination box in Mumbai.

Mumbai city registered a one-day spike of 9,202 cases on Friday.

The BMC said in a statement on Friday that private vaccination centres in Mumbai will be closed until Monday “due to inadequate availability of Covid-19 vaccine." Vaccinations will, however, proceed as planned at all government and municipal hospitals.

“Due to insufficient supply of Covid-19 vaccine, vaccination will not be available at the immunisation centres of private hospitals on April 10, 11 and 12, 2021," the statement said.

The BMC added it will get some stocks of the jabs by tonight (April 9), and the administration will attempt to resume vaccination at private hospitals as more shots become available.

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BMC sources told News18 that this is being done to prioritise vaccination at government centres.

The inoculation drive will henceforth take place only at government and municipal hospitals on 10 April (12pm- 6pm) and 11 Apr (9am-5pm). The body said that those eligible for vaccination could travel to vaccination centres during curfew on medical grounds.

Mumbai city registered a one-day spike of 9,202 cases on Friday. Mumbai division, comprising Mumbai city and its satellite towns, saw 18,408 cases and 52 deaths. This took the total number of cases there to 10,45,980 and death toll to 20,939.

The civic body said that the first session will be held on Saturday, April 10, from 12 noon to 6 pm at the Brihanmumbai Municipal Corporation and Maharashtra Government-run vaccination centers.

In centers where two regular sessions are being planned, the second session will continue till 8 pm, it said. These include immunization centers at KEM Hospital, Nair Hospital, Rajawadi Hospital, Mahim Maternity Hospital and BKC Jumbo Covid Center.

The Centre and some of the opposition parties are in the midst of a tussle on vaccine numbers with states like Maharashtra saying that they had to shut inoculation centres due to lack of stock.

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first published:April 09, 2021, 22:59 IST