Terming it a “revolutionary step”, Maharashtra Chief Minister Uddhav Thackeray on Saturday launched the Covid-19 vaccination drive within the state.
While the drive did encounter a couple of technical hiccups, no main untoward incidents had been reported in any of the vaccination centres throughout the state. While 4,000 healthcare employees had been anticipated to be vaccinated in Mumbai and 28,500 throughout the state on the primary day of the vaccination drive, preliminary numbers that got here in urged that solely 50 per cent of the supposed beneficiaries had obtained the doses. While in some instances the beneficiaries didn’t flip up, the software glitches in Co-WIN slowed down the process at a couple of centres.
Launching the vaccination drive at the Covid care centre in Bandra Kurla Complex right here, the Chief Minister mentioned the “corona warriors” had selflessly handled the Covid-19 sufferers even when there was no treatment obtainable.
“Those days still give me shivers. The situation was really adverse and grim then. Hospitals were flooded with Covid-19 patients. How to proceed was a big question before everyone and no solution was in sight. Everyone was under pressure because of the situation,” he mentioned.
Urging the individuals to not let their guard down though vaccines are being made obtainable, the Chief Minister mentioned “wearing a face mask is the best vaccine available”.
“People must continue wearing masks in public places even after receiving vaccine doses. The way Covid-19 cases have once again been found in large numbers in some countries…. we may face a similar situation…” he mentioned.
Mumbai has obtained 1.39 lakh doses of the Covishield vaccine from Pune-based Serum Institute of India. The state has obtained 9.63 lakh doses of Covishield vaccine and 20,000 doses of Covaxin vaccine, which have been distributed to all of the districts.
Dean of Mumbai’s JJ Hospital, Dr Ranjit Mankeshwar, docs, and former Maharashtra well being minister Deepak Sawant had been among the many first beneficiaries to obtain the Covid-19 vaccine on the primary day of the inoculation drive.
At Dr R N Cooper Hospital, the vaccination process started round 11.30 am and went on until 5.15 pm. The hospital noticed 262 frontline employees flip up for the immunisation of the five hundred names listed for Day 1. The hospital was arrange because the mannequin centre for vaccination and a dry run was performed there earlier this month. Among those that had been listed within the first record had been docs, nurses, ward assistants, and clerical employees of Cooper Hospital, Dr B N Nanavati Hospital and Kokilaben Ambani Hospital, together with lab technicians of Suburban Diagnostics.
As coronavirus vaccines reached the hospital on Saturday morning, dozens of healthcare employees clapped and cheered the “vaccine carrier” with aarti thalis and sweets
The first to obtain the vaccine at the hospital was Deepak Sawant alongside along with his spouse, Anila, who’re each docs. They had registered for the vaccine and mentioned that they had been pleased to search out their names on the primary record. After the vaccine, they had been stored within the statement room for half-an-hour earlier than being allowed to go away. “I feel fine, my oxygen saturation level was at 99. I wish to tell people to not be scared,” Sawant mentioned at the hospital.
Most beneficiaries of the vaccine on Day 1 mentioned that whereas they’d not obtained textual content messages as was declared, they’d obtained calls from the ward office on Friday night time or Saturday morning. This was adopted by a verification at the doorway to the centre and a verify on a counter the place the record was tallied with photo-identity proofs of the individual. Here, every individual was given a color token for the respective cubicles. Once inside, one other verification adopted exterior the sales space, and a last verify by the vaccinator, earlier than the shot was administered.
After a three-minute process with the vaccinator, the individual was taken to the statement room the place chairs had been organized for beneficiaries to sit down. A separate statement ward was additionally arrange in preparation of these displaying adversarial results, however hospital authorities mentioned that none required it on Day 1.
The inoculation drive occurred at 285 centres in Maharashtra.