The Pimpri-Chinchwad Municipal Corporation (PCMC) on Friday shut down all its 87 vaccination centres — 59 of its personal and 28 personal ones — owing to scarcity of vaccines. However, the Pune Zilla Parishad mentioned residents from Pimpri-Chinchwad can get vaccinated on the Aundh General Hospital.
PCMC’s Additional Health and Medical Chief, Dr Pavan Salve, mentioned, “All vaccination centres will remain shut on Friday as there is no stock available.”
He added that as many as 2,30,000 residents have been vaccinated by the 87 vaccination centres because the inoculation drive began on January 16. “Efforts are on to get adequate stocks of the vaccine. As soon as we get it, we will restart the vaccination centres,” he knowledgeable.
Dr Salve mentioned they had been anticipating the brand new inventory to reach on Friday. “We expect some stock to come in today (Friday) so that we can make the centres operational again from tomorrow (Saturday),” he added.
Reacting to this, NCP MLA Rohit Pawar mentioned, “The BJP should at least look after the civic body it rules. It has closed down all vaccination centres as it has run out of vaccines. The saffron party should help them get the stock from the Centre.”
District collector Rajesh Deshmukh, too, reiterated Salve’s feedback, saying vaccines don’t arrive on a day-to-day foundation and as and when the Centre sends new inventory, PCMC may also obtain its share.
Zilla Parishad CEO Ayush Prasad mentioned in rural areas, vaccination will proceed as they’ve about 20,000 vaccines left. As for the residents of Pimpri-Chinchwad, Prasad mentioned their centre at Aundh General Hospital shall be operational on Friday. “Citizens of Pimpri-Chinchwad can get vaccinated here. The centre starts operations at 10 am,” he added.
Prasad knowledgeable that the state well being division takes care of vaccine provide and after they obtain recent inventory, they supply it to PMC, PCMC and the agricultural areas.