The Brihanmumbai Municipal Corporation (BMC) on Tuesday started the city's first drive-in vaccination centre where specially-abled people (above the age of 45 years) and senior citizens, who have mobility issues will not have to stand in a queue and they will be administered the COVID-19 vaccine doses in their own vehicles. The vaccine facility is based out of a pay-and-park multi-storeyed Kohinoor tower opposite G North office near Plaza Theatre in Dadar.
The first drive-in vaccination centre in Mumbai (by G North ward) has already been welcomed by citizens and received a tremendous positive response.
Senior citizens and specially-abled people can get their vaccine doses while sitting inside the car at this facility. Beneficiaries will have to spend 30 minutes inside the vehicle for the vaccination process.
There are seven counters and plenty of parking space. People can drive in, park their vehicles, and get vaccinated. After the inauguration of the facility, the first vaccine dose was administered to a beneficiary in his car at around 10am today.
Dr Shivkumar Utture, president of Maharashtra Medical Council welcomed the new drive-in facility at Kohinoor Square Parking lot for super seniors, saying, “Superb initiative by BMC. No need to get out of the car also. This pilot project has started in Dadar area and is an instant hit. Unless we start thinking out-of-the-box for solutions we can never be successful in vaccination of such a large population safely”.
Several people applauded the BMC’s efforts to help and support convenient vaccination for those with mobility issues. Purva Rao, who got her grandmother vaccinated at the drive-in centre earlier today, gave it a thumbs-up and expressed her satisfaction, “The beneficiaries are happy as this is less risky. The beneficiary can come in their car, take a jab and leave”.
Many people requested for this drive-in vaccination centre concept to be replicated across the state.
Lawmaker Rahul Shewale, who represents the south-central constituency in Parliament tweeted a video of the drive-in vaccination facility.
The BMC decided to start a drive-in vaccination facility after the union government rejected municipal commissioner IS Chahal’s request to allow it to conduct door-to-door vaccination for senior citizens and specially-abled people. The dry run for the centre was conducted last week before launching it on Tuesday.
Meanwhile, vaccination for those above age 18 began on 1st May, after the union government last month decided to open the drive for wider population. Vaccination for those above age 45 was already underway before that.
The BMC has set up over 135 vaccination centres across Mumbai since the inoculation drive began on 16th January this year.
Till Monday evening, a total 24.59 lakh vaccine doses were administered to eligible beneficiaries in the city, according to the BMC.