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Shopping malls in Kolkata on Friday urged the state government to use their large sanitized spaces that are currently shut as vaccination sites. The appeal follows the ‘drive-through’ vaccination initiated in two malls in Navi Mumbai that was kicked off on Friday with 140 individuals receiving the jab.
Shopping Centres Association of India (SCAI) eastern region chairman Sushil Mohta said the large atriums of malls in Kolkata as well as spaces outside, including substantial parking facilities, that were currently unused or underutilized could be perfect for drive-in vaccination and that malls were ready to offer the space to ensure speedy and safe inoculation.
“South City and Acropolis mall are ready to set up vaccination camps in the atrium. It is a large sanitized space. We have sanitation and crowd control measures in place. I have already suggested this to the state chief secretary and Home secretary,” said Mohta, adding that it could also be done in open spaces available in the malls including the parking lot.Quest mall vice-president Sanjeev Mehra, too, said the mall was being used as an infrastructure to vaccinate group employees. “We are currently equipped to offer 200 doses in a day. Once our inoculation is over, the facility can be extended for public vaccination if the government wants to utilize it. We have infrastructure for parking, toilets. We have set up chairs, outside the retail area for this,” said Mehra. Both Mehra and Mohta argued that getting Covid shots were safer in places like malls than hospitals that have turned into Covid facilities. SCAI has reached out to all its members and urged them to be part of the solution by providing space in their respective malls which will add on to the current vaccination camps.

Source: Times of India

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