Industries, private hospitals in Pimpri-Chinchwad await vaccine supply
The Covid-19 vaccination drive is yet to pick up the pace at corporate offices and private hospitals in Pimpri Chinchwad Municipal Corporation (PCMC) due to the non-availability of doses. Industries are waiting to get doses from the civic administration, while private hospitals have placed their demands but are awaiting a response from the Serum Institute of India (SII).
On April 11, the government allowed to hold vaccination camps at corporate campuses, and all private stakeholders in Pune Municipal Corporation (PMC), Pimpri Chinchwad and rural Pune had shown keen interest in conducting the drive. However, with the shortage of doses, many people between the 18-45 age group are waiting to get the jabs.
Prashant Girbane, director-general, Mahratta Chamber of Commerce, Industries and Agriculture (MCCIA), said, “Most companies are ready to conduct the vaccination camps, but things did not pick up as we were expecting. The civic bodies have provided us full-fledged support, but due to the unavailability of doses, the drive has slowed down. All the companies are ready to invest in vaccination drives as they want their employees to be safe.”
In Pimpri Chinchwad, so far, 7,0597, people in the 18-45 age group have got the jabs. With the shortage of doses, the civic body is only providing doses of Covaxin and Covishield to those in the 45+ age group.
As Covishield doses were available on Friday, PCMC conducted vaccination drive at 65 centres.
Abhay Bhor, president of Forum of Small Scale Industries Association, said, “Our association will be conducting ‘vaccination on wheels’ at 8,000 companies. Our team of doctors and management staff are on standby and we have put our demands of doses before PCMC. Due to shortage, they are not able to provide doses.”
“As 70 per cent of the population working in the industries fall in the 18 -45 age group all the industries have registered their employees’ names with us. Once the supply of doses starts, we will start the drive in the industrial area,” added Bhor.
A few PMC residents who travel to the industrial town have already taken jabs after the vaccination drive started at the private hospitals.
Sumant Jha, a resident of Kothrud who works in MIDC Bhosari, said, “I got myself vaccinated at a private hospital on Dhole Patil road. We were told that a drive will be conducted in the industry campus, but it is on halt due to non-availability of doses.”
Meanwhile, private hospitals in PMC limits are getting a good response to vaccination drive for the 18-45 age group, and so many private hospitals from PCMC have also approached SII to supply doses.
“We have placed the order of 3,000 doses with SII, we are yet to receive them. We also had a plan to conduct vaccination camps in the various housing societies, but we have put it on halt after the direction from the civic administration,” said Dr Sapana Sagare, Lifepoint Multispeciality Hospital, Wakad.
“Our hospital has asked for 10,000 doses from SII, once we receive some number of doses then drive will start on priority,” said Dr Parag Hatnaikar, Orion Hospital, Wakad.
Tejaswini Sawai, chairperson, Pimpri-Chinchwad Cooperative Housing Societies Federation, said, “Vaccination at private hospitals will help increase the outreach.”