71 vaccination centers in Mumbai closed due to shortage and protests

More than 70 vaccination centers have closed in Mumbai.

More than 70 vaccination centers have closed in Mumbai after running out of doses of the Covid vaccine.

Among them is a gigantic vaccination center in BKC, one of the most important commercial areas in Mumbai. As the center closed, demonstrators were seen outside.

“From day one we used to receive vaccines a day in advance as a buffer stock, until yesterday we had a sufficient number of vials for this center. Last night we expected to get today’s dose, but it didn’t come. Now we only have 160 doses. Said Rajesh Dere, dean at the center.

Mumbai has 120 centers to vaccinate people. Some 71 are running out of vaccines, according to civic organization BMC (Brihanmumbai Municipal Corporation).

Forty-nine of the centers are run by the government of Maharashtra and BMC and 40,000 to 50,000 people are vaccinated in each of them.

“There are several vaccination centers which have no more vaccines now and the vaccination has stopped there … I have learned that 76,000 to 1 doses of Lakh are about to reach Mumbai d ‘here today, but I have no official information about it “Mumbai Mayor Kishori Pednekar said today.

The government of Maharashtra has reported the shortage of vaccines which it says has forced centers to close in cities like Mumbai, Satara, Sangli and Panvel.

State Health Minister Rajesh Tope said yesterday that Maharashtra receives fewer doses as a proportion of its population than other states like Gujarat, ruled by the BJP.

Mr Tope said Maharashtra, which has recorded the highest number of Covid cases per day in India for weeks, needs 40 lakh doses per week and 1.6 crore of vaccines per month. “Maharashtra has double the population of Gujarat. Gujarat has received one crore of doses and we have one crore of doses,” he said.

He also claimed that after raising what he called “discrimination” by the center, Maharashtra’s allowance was increased from 7 lakh to 17 lakh.

Union Health Minister Harsh Vardhan said Maharashtra hides its own failures under vaccine shortage allegations.

“Hue and cry by some states about partisanship by the Union government is just a farce, an attempt to hide their own incompetence. Maharashtra and Rajasthan are two of the top three states based on COVID-19 vaccine dose allocation. The BJP has ruled the states, ”Harsh Vardhan tweeted last night.