MUMBAI: Soon, Covid-19 vaccination drives will come to your doorstep. The BMC is permitting housing societies to tie up with private hospitals to hold these drives within their premises, subject to availability of stocks. Hospitals will have to ensure all protocols are followed during the drive.

These vaccines will come at a cost fixed by the government for private hospitals. While some housing societies are already in talks with the BMC, a few others are trying to set up their infrastructure.

Additional municipal commissioner (health), Suresh Kakani told TOI housing societies, industrial complexes, banks and corporates can tie up with any private hospital for doorstep vaccination.

“We have notified 75 private hospitals for vaccination and we can add more as and when they apply. Hospitals will have to take care of the holding area, vaccination and observation area post vaccination and follow all protocols,” Kakani said. “Those who want free vaccination can come to the 227 new centres that the BMC will be setting up. These centres will provide free vaccination and they will be operational once we get enough stock,” he added.

In a mail to residents from across their projects, the Lodha Group stated they are working with the authorities to organise vaccination. A spokesperson said they were getting permissions from the municipal corporations. “We have tied up with local hospitals to procure vaccines,” said the spokesperson.

Mulund’s Atmosphere Housing Society has also reached out to the BMC and BJP MP Manoj Kotak seeking vaccination in their complex. “We have over 700 flats and over 1,500 residents in the society. We can help the BMC set up the vaccination centre in our society and provide manpower for the drive too. This way people won’t have to go out and everyone can get vaccinated,” said Raj Kulkarni, a resident.

Kotak said they had asked the BMC to allow NGOs to carry out vaccination drives in housing societies through tie-ups with hospitals. “This will expedite the pace of vaccination and reduce crowds at vaccination centres,” he said.

On behalf of the 11 societies in Dosti Acres, Wadala, NGO Friends of Wadala East, has requested the developers to make the community hall available for the vaccination drive. “We are also in talks with the BMC. The BMC’s vaccination centres will be overburdened and carrying out these drives at micro level is the only way forward,” said Rahul Daga, chairman of Dosti Lily CHS and secretary of the NGO. They are ready to bear the cost of setting up the infrastructure.

Rajeev Saxena from the Maharashtra Societies Welfare Association said many societies are keen on holding the vaccination drives and are awaiting government orders.

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