Mumbai’s BKC centre runs out of COVID-19 vaccine; city expected to receive 1.80 lakh fresh doses by evening
Mumbai: The city administration of Mumbai is in a tough spot amid a raging coronavirus outbreak as several vaccination centres across the financial capital of India, including a the largest Covid-19 facility in BKC (Bandra Kurla Complex), suspended the inoculation on Friday due to shortage of doses.The centre has been barricaded and a notice has been put stating that the vaccine stock has depleted. The remaining centres are also likely to suspend the drive by afternoon or evening today as their available stock too is fast depleting.However, Mumbai is expected to get up to 1.80 lakh fresh doses of Covid-19 vaccines by evening, Brihanmumbai Municipal Corporation’s (BMC) executive health officer Mangala Gomare told news agency PTI.The jumbo centre at BKC, where the civic body has set up a the largest inoculation facility, suspended the vaccination after administering less than the 200 doses available.“From Day 1 we used to get vaccines before a day as buffer stock, till yesterday we got a sufficient number of vials for this centre. Last night, we were expecting to get today’s dose, but it has not come. Now, we have only 160 doses,” Rajesh Dere, Dean of the BKC Jumbo vaccination centre, said on Friday.The new stock will be sufficient only for the next 2-3 days as Mumbai vaccinates around 55,000-60,000 people on an average every day, authorities said.From day 1 we used to get vaccines before a day as buffer stock, till yesterday we got a sufficient number of vials for this centre. Last night we were expecting to get today's dose but it has not come. Now we have only 160 doses: Rajesh Dere, Dean, BKC Jumbo vaccination Centre pic.twitter.com/7IyKqFuIpbAs per sources known to news agency PTI, as many as 75 of the 120 vaccination centres, mostly at private hospitals, suspended the vaccination drive today morning due to unavailability of doses, while others suspended within a few hours after the stock depleted.Maharashtra: A vaccination centre in Nagpur puts up a notice with 'Vaccine stocks currently not available' written on it. A man who had come here for inoculation says, "I had come for my 2nd dose but vaccine isn't available. They told me that they don't know when will it come." pic.twitter.com/faQKrtutXFMumbai Mayor Kishori Pednekar had on Thursday expressed concerns that due to the shortage of doses, the vaccination processes would come to halt at all inoculation centres in Mumbai from today.The BMC had yesterday said that it had suspended vaccination drives at 25 centres in private hospitals due to shortage of doses.