MUMBAI: Maharashtra may take three months to vaccinate nearly 8 lakh health workers in the first phase of immunisation drive. Public health minister Rajesh Tope said for the first phase nearly 100 sites have been shortlisted, most of which will be tertiary-level government hospitals, where adverse effects can be addressed immediately.
“Vaccination in the first phase will be at around 100 centres. Since around 100 people will be vaccinated at each centre, it will take nearly 80 days for all beneficiaries in the first phase. We want to do it scientifically,” said Tope. He said at a meeting with health ministry on Thursday that Maharashtra demanded that the Centre sponsor the entire vaccination drive.
“We demanded that the Centre covers operational costs of carrying out the drive. We also said the state must be covered by one vaccine provider for ease of maintaining records,” said Tope. He clarified that they have not been told about the date of roll-out or cost of vaccine. The state found some shortfalls in cold shortage system and sought the Centre’s help. Tope said they have raised the problems regarding Co-win app with Centre and they hope it will be fixed before the actual roll-out. It does not record refusals.
As part of the country-wide dry run, Maharashtra will be carrying out the exercise in 30 districts and in 25 municipal areas on Friday.
“The dry run will be conducted at 3 medical institutions in each of these 30 districts and in one medical institution in each corporation,” said Dr D Patil, state immunisation officer. In this dry run, 25 beneficiaries will remain present at one centre and each booth will be manned by eight trained health workers.
In Mumbai, the drive will be at Rajawadi (Ghatkopar), R N Cooper (Juhu) and BKC jumbo facility. “We told staff who have been registered to participate,” said Dr Pinakin Gujjar, dean of Cooper.