Mumbai: A day after the Centre announced vaccination for all above 18 years of age, the drive remained badly hit in the city due to vaccine stockouts. On Tuesday, 49 of the city’s 129 vaccination centres remained shut due to unavailability of vaccines.
Some of the major public vaccination centres such as BKC jumbo and Mulund jumbo had to shut their gates after vaccines ran out in a few hours. Of the 49 centres that could not vaccinate, 38 were private, six BMC and five state centres. Dr Mangala Gomare, BMC executive health officer, said the city had received 1.1 lakh doses on Tuesday but these would mainly be distributed among the public centres doing free vaccination.
With the addition of 1.1 lakh doses, the city now has stocks to last three days. “Private centres may not be able to vaccinate in full capacity till the supply is streamlined,” Gomare said.
Municipal officials are facing issues in distribution too. “There are 130 vaccination centres and we are getting doses, sometimes as few as 20,000 and 40,000. It is a challenge to distribute such few doses among centres,” an official said.
At the BKC jumbo centre, officials closed the gates after 400 doses. At the Mulund jumbo centres, which sees a footfall of 1,300-1,800 daily, officials stopped vaccinating after running out of 250 doses. Dean of Mulund jumbo centre Dr Pradeep Angre said they had received only 100 vials (1000 doses) on Monday and 25 vials on Tuesday. “We are forced to turn away people,” he said.