Turnout for jabs dips in Maharashtra but more takers for Covaxin | Mumbai News – Times of India

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MUMBAI: Vaccination centres in the city saw a weekend rush of sorts as the turnout on Friday improved dramatically despite Co-WIN’s patchy performance through the day. From the 58% turnout on Thursday, a dozen centres managed to push the coverage to 72% on Friday. Even JJ Hospital in Byculla that has been consistently seeing a poor response with Covaxin saw the numbers surge.
The state’s performance, though, dipped as it could cover only 71% — lowest in six days — of the intended number for the day. A total of 39,535 health workers took the vaccine of the 55,320 scheduled. In Mumbai, 5,510 were vaccinated of the planned 7,697 by 80 teams. In all, the state has completed vaccinating over 2.60 lakh of its health workers, including 33,505 from Mumbai. While the state has managed to cover around 33% of the 8 lakh health care workers in the nine days of the drive, Mumbai has finished vaccinating about 27% of the 1.24 lakh. The drive will continue on Saturday.

The Friday turnout was impressive in spite of the drive starting with glitches on Co-WIN. The software remained unresponsive in several centres till the first half of the day, while in some, it powered up only after 2 pm. The ‘allot beneficiary’ option didn’t work for several hours, which slowed down things. At many centres, as queues began to swell, the teams did offline registrations if names were on the day’s schedule.
BMC’s executive officer Dr Mangala Gomare said, “Of 5,510 vaccinated, more than 4,000 were walk-in beneficiaries”. She added that despite centres seeing long queues due to the software malfunctioning, turnout was good.Four minor cases of adverse events were reported.
Kandivli’s Shatabdi Hospital saw one of the highest turnouts (928), followed by 802 in KEM, Parel, and 790 in Rajawadi, Ghatkopar. The centre at Nesco, Goregaon, started on Friday saw a turnout of 171. Physician Dr Shashank Inamdar said it was a good idea to start a centre at Nesco as the crowd would be distributed between the jumbo centre and Shatabdi. At SevenHills Hospital, Marol, there was a rush, particularly of those from the private sector. .
Beed district saw the highest coverage (131%) followed by Satara, Dhule, Wardha and Palghar (over 100%). Covaxin saw an increase in uptake. Of the intended 700, 301 took it, registering a turnout of 43%.



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