BMC plans camps in colleges to vaccinate 15-18 year olds
To vaccinate adolescents aged 15-18, the Brihanmumbai Municipal Corporation decided to organize special camps in colleges. The company has contacted the Vice Chancellor of the University of Mumbai to check with the colleges so that a ride can be arranged to the university premises when the vaccination begins.
According to officials, there are nearly 9 lakhs of children in the 15-18 age group. The civic body said that even with the current infrastructure, it can speed up the vaccination campaign. However, the pace will depend on the availability of vaccines. In Mumbai, there are nearly 400 vaccination centers, both public and private.
âWe are prepared with the infrastructure required for childhood immunizations. Once the guidelines are released, we’ll know if a change is needed in the current setup. We decided to organize special camps in junior colleges to immunize children. If we get a good quantity of vaccines, all the centers will be activated, but in case of less quantity, few centers will be started, âsaid Suresh Kakani, additional municipal commissioner.
The Vice Chancellor and Registrar of the University of Mumbai have been asked to prepare a list of colleges and the number of students.
The city is seeing an increase in daily Covid-19 cases. Mumbai recorded 922 cases on Sunday, the highest since June. The number of active cases has also increased to 4,295. In Maharashtra, Omicron cases have crossed the 100 mark.
The BMC said it was awaiting guidance from the Union government on the “precautionary dose” or recall for healthcare and frontline workers. âFor the third dose, the gap may be longer, like six months. We have all the resources and once the guidelines come in the campaign can be launched, âsaid an official from the public health department.
On Saturday, Prime Minister Narendra Modi announced the vaccination of children aged 15-18 from January 3, 2022. In addition, a “precautionary dose” for health and frontline workers and those over the age of 18. 60 years from January 10. Its announcement came amid an increase in cases of new variant Covid-19 Omicron.
According to BMC, in Mumbai there are 3 lakhs of health workers and almost 10 lakhs of elderly people. In Mumbai, so far, doses of 1.77 crore have been administered.