File image: A healthcare worker holding a rose receives an AstraZeneca's COVISHIELD vaccine, during the COVID-19 vaccination campaign, at a medical centre in Mumbai, India on January 16, 2021. (Image: Reuters/Francis Mascarenhas)
Mumbai will have vaccinations only in government and civic centres on April 10, 11 and 12, the Brihanmumbai Municipal Corporation said on April 9.
The city civic body added that no private hospitals or centres would administer vaccines till the state has sufficient vaccine stock.
Meanwhile, vaccinations will continue at government centres on April 10 between 12 pm to 6 pm and on April 11 between 9 am and 5 pm.
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In its statement on micro-blogging site Twitter, BMC wrote: “It is hereby informed to all private COVID-19 Vaccination Centres (CVCs) will not conduct sessions on April 11 and 12, 2021 as no vaccine stock is available.”
It further said that all private CVCs should also cancel sessions they had scheduled for the mentioned dates and “inform beneficiaries suitably.”
“All CVCs have to submit their dally performance figures, vaccine consumption and balance since the inception of vaccination to EPI Office for reconciliation,” the BMC directed.
Citizens eligible for vaccines will be allowed to travel to the government CVCs even during curfew hours on “medical grounds,” the BMC clarified. Mumbai went under weekend curfew from 8 pm on April 9 till 7 am on April 12.
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Maharashtra, which has been reporting the most number of coronavirus infections in the country for the last several days, shut over 125 COVID-19 vaccination centres as it faces a shortage of vaccine doses, reports have said on April 9.
At least 26 centres have been shut in the state capital Mumbai, including 23 in Navi Mumbai. Besides, 100 centres in Pune, Sangli, Satara and Panvel were also shut.
The shortage has pitted Maharashtra against the Centre, with the state accusing the Union government of discriminating against the state in vaccine allotment. The Centre, in turn, has accused the state of mismanaging the crisis.
Vaccination could not take place at 25 private Mumbai hospitals due to a shortage of doses, news agency PTI reported the city civic body Brihanmumbai Municipal Corporation (BMC) as saying.
On April 8, Maharashtra Health Minister Rajesh Tope alleged “discrimination” from the Centre, saying fewer vaccines were allotted to Maharashtra despite a high number of cases in the state.
"According to the latest release order of vaccines from the Centre, Maharashtra has only been given 7.5 lakh vaccine doses while Uttar Pradesh, Madhya Pradesh, Gujarat and Haryana have been given far more vaccines," Tope told ANI.
In response to Tope’s accusation, Union Health Minister Harsh Vardhan lashed out at Maharashtra and other states, accusing them of trying to cover their "failures" by making "irresponsible" statements and spreading panic among people.Follow our full COVID-19 coverage here