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The Times of India
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Saikat Ray and Prithvijit Mitra | TNN

Kolkata: Hope for boost in vaccine drive after supply push

KOLKATA: The week ended on a slow note across vaccination centres of Kolkata with the city clocking just 4,822 doses on Sunday, even as Kolkata Municipal Corporation (KMC) centres and those at several private and government hospitals remained shut. It could rise significantly this week, though, with most hospitals and civic centres receiving fresh supplies last week.

Last week has already seen a major spurt in the number of inoculations with several private hospitals — which had applied for vaccines through the Co-Win portal under the new procurement system — and KMC centres receiving a fresh supply.

KMC centres received an augmented supply of vaccines for four days in a row last week. According to a KMC health department official, allocation for each CVC never dipped below 200 doses on an average for four days — Wednesday, Thursday, Friday and Saturday.

This week holds promise of a steady administration of doses without a dip in numbers. KMC officials believe that there won’t be dearth of vaccines for the clinics at least on Monday and Tuesday, going by the existing stock.

There are 195 CVCs which are located across 144 KMC wards. This apart, the KMC runs mega vaccination centres from city’s auditoriums, ceremonial houses, theatre halls and academic institutes. The number of doses dropped across most private hospitals even as others kept their CVCs closed. While some CVCs, like at RN Tagore International Institute of Cardiac Sciences and Peerless, remained shut on Sunday, both have received fresh stock and plan to step up the drive from Monday.

“We have received our stock of 35,000 doses of Covishield on Saturday. We did not run our CVC on Sunday. We plan to start in-house from tomorrow,” said RTIICS zonal head R Venkatesh. Peerless Hospital, too, has received a fresh supply and plans to vaccinate at least 600 a day.

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