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Overcrowding at COVID-19 vaccination centres cause of concern: Health experts

With the Mumbai Metropolitan Region and the state of Maharashtra reporting resurgence in COVID-19 cases, citizens were seen scrambling to get vaccinated.

March 04, 2021 / 01:30 PM IST
People wait in a line outside a vaccination centre to receive a dose of the COVID-19 vaccine in Mumbai, India on March 2, 2021. (Image: Reuters/Francis Mascarenhas)

People wait in a line outside a vaccination centre to receive a dose of the COVID-19 vaccine in Mumbai, India on March 2, 2021. (Image: Reuters/Francis Mascarenhas)

COVID-19 vaccination centres in many parts of the country have been witnessing large crowds since March 2, a day after the second phase of the nationwide inoculation drive was launched.

Long queues and large congregations at vaccination sites were observed especially in the Mumbai Metropolitan Region (MMR). While priority was earlier given to healthcare and frontline workers, the general public – everyone above the age of 60 and those over 45 years with comorbidities – has been allowed to get vaccinated.

Mumbai and its neighbouring areas, considered India’s largest financial hub, have been severely impacted by the novel coronavirus pandemic. With the city and the state of Maharashtra reporting resurgence in COVID-19 cases, citizens were seen scrambling to get vaccinated.

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