The municipal authority has partnered with Dr Gautam Bhansali’s Golden Hour Foundation to give the first dosage to 50,000 individuals in 10 days.
Dr Gautam Bhansali, chief coordinator of all private hospitals for immunization and COVID, is leading the effort and has managed to collect Rs 2.5 crore via corporate social responsibility (CSR) donations. 1.29 crore doses has been given in the city till date.
The civic authority will work with a charity that has collected Rs 2.5 crore for the campaign, which begins on October 4.
He added BMC would assist them identify slum pockets and places where his team may go and vaccinate the people. “We want to cover 50,000 individuals in the next 10 days. We need to maximize the city’s vaccination coverage before the third wave. “Bombay Hospital will buy the vaccinations and BMC will distribute them in slum areas,” Dr Bhansali added.
However, Dr. Bhansali believes that CSR financing for vaccination would assist fill the gap created by the lack of vaccines in public vaccination facilities.
Two companies have given R1 crore apiece to the state chief minister and BMC. Golden Hour Foundation has also given Rs 25 lakh.
So far, 1.29 crore dosages have been provided in Mumbai of which approximately 74.2 lakh shots have been given to males and the rest 55.2 lakh are women patients. Officially, 44.71 lakh individuals took both doses. Encouraging more female vaccinations, the BMC now offers a weekly female-only session.
29.5 lakh vaccinations were given in September. Dr Bhansali said they aim to help the BMC vaccinate more Mumbaikars from all walks of life.