Apollo Hospitals on Tuesday said it would organise a COVID-19 vaccination drive across the country on June 30. The vaccination drive would be carried out at over 200 Apollo vaccination centres from 7 AM to 7 PM in 50 cities, the healthcare major said in a statement.
People looking to get vaccinated can book slots using Apollo 24/7 App and select the nearest Apollo vaccination centre, it added. The healthcare major noted that it has trained over 10,000 staff in safe vaccination protocols to ensure a seamless experience at all the vaccination centres.
"This drive will enable and encourage the maximum number of people to get inoculated. Vaccination is the best defence to reduce the 3rd wave and get back to life as we know it. Apollo will focus on this relentlessly," Apollo Hospitals Group Executive Vice Chairperson Shobana Kamineni stated.
The vaccination drive is part of Apollo's commitment to support the government in achieving the target of administering 500 million vaccines by July 2021, the healthcare major noted.
The healthcare major said it has already administered over 21 lakh vaccine doses in the country till date and is the largest private vaccinator. Apollo has over 12,000 beds across 72 hospitals.
Frequently Asked Questions
A vaccine works by mimicking a natural infection. A vaccine not only induces immune response to protect people from any future COVID-19 infection, but also helps quickly build herd immunity to put an end to the pandemic. Herd immunity occurs when a sufficient percentage of a population becomes immune to a disease, making the spread of disease from person to person unlikely. The good news is that SARS-CoV-2 virus has been fairly stable, which increases the viability of a vaccine.
There are broadly four types of vaccine — one, a vaccine based on the whole virus (this could be either inactivated, or an attenuated [weakened] virus vaccine); two, a non-replicating viral vector vaccine that uses a benign virus as vector that carries the antigen of SARS-CoV; three, nucleic-acid vaccines that have genetic material like DNA and RNA of antigens like spike protein given to a person, helping human cells decode genetic material and produce the vaccine; and four, protein subunit vaccine wherein the recombinant proteins of SARS-COV-2 along with an adjuvant (booster) is given as a vaccine.
Vaccine development is a long, complex process. Unlike drugs that are given to people with a diseased, vaccines are given to healthy people and also vulnerable sections such as children, pregnant women and the elderly. So rigorous tests are compulsory. History says that the fastest time it took to develop a vaccine is five years, but it usually takes double or sometimes triple that time.
It also has over 3,800 pharmacies, over 90 primary care clinics, 650 diagnostic centres, 148 plus telemedicine centres, over 15 medical education centres among other assets.(With PTI inputs)