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Give-blood-and-get-jab initiative by Kolkata hospitals

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Unable to get a slot to take the vaccine? Donate blood and you will be assured of a confirmed jab. This is exactly the route taken by BTech final year student Anuj Banka to get his first dose of the Covid-19 vaccine. Banka, a student of a Bangalore institute, who is now at home due to the pandemic, had been desperately trying to book a slot for himself, but without any success. He came across an initiative by Project Life Force (PLF) assuring a jab after donating blood.
“I donated blood on June 1 and got my first dose five days later. This is a wonderful initiative where I helped an ailing persons while getting the vaccine for myself,” said Banka.
Banka had donated blood at Tata Medical Centre and PLF that has tied up with Techno India Dama Hospital had assured his vaccine slot at the hospital’s vaccination centre. Jeniffer Desai, another Kolkata resident, too, got her vaccine slot under this initiative.

“We hope more people respond to this initiative. There still is an acute shortage of blood,” said Ajay Mittal of PLF.

Coinciding with the World Blood Donors’ Day on Monday, AMRI Hospitals launched a similar initiative, offering slots to people who donate blood at their blood bank.
Ritam Chakraborty, head, transfusion medicine and blood bank at AMRI Hospitals, Dhakuria, said, “Keeping in mind the shortage of blood, we had to come up with this unique idea.”

“Anybody donating blood will receive a confirmed vaccination slot at any of our hospital’s three units,” said Rupak Barua, group CEO, AMRI Hospitals.

Source: Times of India

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