Three major private hospitals resumed the Covid vaccination drive on Tuesday, joining the league of 94 private Covid vaccination centres (CVC) that conducted the drive during the day. More private centres are expected to re-launch their respective drives by the end of this week.
At Belle Vue Clinic, around 553 recipients took the first dose of Covishield jab at its CVC set up at the neighbouring La Martiniere School. With the hospital overwhelmed with Covid patients, the school weeks ago had offered its space to the hospital for the vaccination drive.
“We could have resumed our drive long ago if the vaccines had arrived earlier. We are now starting with the 36,000 doses we procured from Serum Institute of India. We are in the process of making our next order so that the drive goes on uninterrupted. We are also expecting doses from Sputnik by June-end,” said Belle Vue Clinic CEO Pradip Tondon.
The hospital has also tied up with several corporate houses, housing societies and other associates.
At CMRI, 250-plus recipients above 18 years of age were administered Covishield doses. The hospital has procured 25,000 doses in the first lot.
“We can scale up to about 400 recipients in our hospital site so that Covid protocol is maintained during the drive. We will be going out for off-site CVCs from Friday so that we could reach out to maximum number of recipients in corporate houses and housing societies. We are also trying to procure Covaxin doses,” said CK Birla Hospitals’ CMRI COO Simmardeep Gill.
Along with the three units of AMRI Hospitals group Dhakuria, Mukundapur and Salt Lake, the hospital chain also started the drive from AMRI Medical Centre on Southern Avenue on Tuesday inoculating around 2,000 persons till 8.30 pm.
AMRI Hospitals group CEO Rupak Barua said, “We re-started our vaccination drive from across all three of our units in Kolkata after a gap of a month. Now vaccine supply has resumed, we are hopeful of inoculating around 1.5 lakh recipients this month alone.”
“Since vaccination is one of the ways to safeguard citizens against Covid-19, we plan to vaccinate as any people as possible taking the drive to the community by setting up CVCs at residential complexes, corporate houses, factories, and trade associations,” Barua added.
On Tuesday, the state also got 83,000 Covaxin doses from the Centre. Even government agencies like KMC are extending its vaccination centres to community halls and other places besides the civic body’s health units.
Source: Times of India