NAGPUR: The Nagpur Municipal Corporation (NMC) is probably the first civic body in the state to start satellite Covid-19 vaccination centres. Twenty centres were kicked-off on Monday. The number is likely to increase to 51 on Tuesday.
The 20 satellite vaccination centres are at the indoor sports stadium, schools and community halls. These centres are linked with the existing ones at hospitals and urban primary health centres (UPHCs) of the civic body. The beneficiaries of satellite vaccination centres will be added to the total number of inoculations at NMC hospitals and UPHCs.
Vaccination centres were opened at hospitals and UPHCs run by NMC. Centres are also being operated in hospitals run by the government and private medical institutions.
With spike in cases and deaths in the district, guardian minister Nitin Raut and divisional commissioner Sanjeev Kumar had kept a target of inoculating 20,000 per day within NMC limits and rural areas where Zilla Parishad (ZP) is running the vaccination programme. The civic body started satellite vaccination centres to cover as many as possible from the 45-plus age group.
NMC officials said the satellite vaccination centres started in residential areas will be convenient for those above 45. “It has been observed that people from nearby areas come and get vaccinated whenever a new centre in opened. The number of beneficiaries then goes down after a few weeks. It means that eligible people are not interested in travelling to get inoculated. That’s the reason we came up with the concept of satellite vaccination centres,” said officials.
No case of adverse event following immunization (AEFI) was registered within 30 minutes of vaccination in the district since the roll out of the vaccine for those above 60 and 45 plus with specified comorbidities on March 1. This also helped the NMC in taking the decision to take vaccination centres to non-medical premises.
For vaccination, the NMC has re-appointed over 100 medical officers and nurses who were relieved after cases declined in November last year. To check cases of AEFI, a medical officer has been appointed at each satellite vaccination centre along with three healthcare workers in the waiting arena and observation room apart from one nurse for administering the vaccine. Also, AEFI and medical emergency kits are provided at all satellite vaccination centres.
Ambulances have not been engaged at these centres which should have been a top priority for rushing beneficiaries to hospital in case of any AEFI.
Few turned up at the satellite vaccination centres on Monday which was the first day. Total vaccination in the city was 9,794 on Monday which was less than those registered on April 3 (15,871).
Vaccination was much more in rural areas compared to the city on Monday. Nearly 25,174 people took the jab in rural on Monday. Total vaccination was 34,968 in the district on Monday which was second-highest in a day after the record inoculation of 41,736 on March 3.