Mumbai: BMC suspends COVID-19 vaccination for Monday due to Cyclone Tauktae warning

The BMC also shifted 580 patients out of COVID-19 care centres as a precautionary measure in view of the warning that the cyclone is likely to pass close to the city

Press Trust of India May 16, 2021 18:15:40 IST
Mumbai: BMC suspends COVID-19 vaccination for Monday due to Cyclone Tauktae warning

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Mumbai: The Mumbai civic body on Sunday decided to keep its COVID-19 vaccination drive suspended for the third day on 17 May in view of the warning about Cyclone Tauktae, municipal commissioner Iqbal Singh Chahal said.

The Brihanmumbai Municipal Corporation (BMC) had on Friday announced that there would be no inoculation on 15 and 16 May, considering the India Meteorological Department's cyclone warning.

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The vaccination programme will now be implemented on Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday, Chahal said.

According to the IMD, cyclone Tauktae has intensified into a "very severe cyclonic storm" and is very likely to reach the Gujarat coast in the evening hours of 17 May and cross it between Porbandar and Mahuva in Bhavnagar district around the early morning of 18 May.

A BMC official had earlier said that the civic body has shifted 580 patients from COVID-19 care centres in the city as a precautionary measure in view of the warning that cyclone Tauktae is likely to pass close to the city.

Meanwhile, Chahal also said the central government has issued directions to maintain a gap of 12 to 16 weeks between two doses of Covishield vaccine. Hence, nobody except health care workers and frontline workers will be eligible for the second Covishield dose at present as vaccination for other categories had commenced on 1 March.

"Due to this change, the civic body has decided to extend the walk-in (vaccination) facility for citizens above 60 years of age for the first Covishield dose during May 18-20," he said.

Last week, the BMC had announced that the citizens above 60 years of age, who are waiting for the second dose of Covishield vaccine, the beneficiaries yet to get the second dose of Covaxin and the disabled person can opt for walk-in vaccination from Monday to Wednesday.

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