The Pimpri-Chinchwad Corporation (PCMC) will return to residents’ doorsteps on Monday in an effort to increase vaccination efforts, following the launch of the Govt-19 vaccination campaign in residential associations across the industrial city. Colleges under its jurisdiction also propose to operate from Tuesday and hold the movement on civic organization campuses.
“Yes, we have been taking the vaccination campaign to the doorsteps of residents since Monday,” PCMC Additional Municipal Commissioner Vikas Dagane told The Indian Express on Sunday. He said the aim was to go door-to-door to close those who have not even received the first dose of the vaccine.
“So far, about 80 per cent of the residents have taken the first drug. Since then, the numbers have started to decline. We want this 20 per cent to go directly to their doorstep,” he said.
PCMC plans to go door-to-door and target slum and shawl. “Slum dwellers will be our primary target because many slum dwellers live hand in hand. For them, they can’t even take a day off or half a day off because they are losing wages. We will go to their doorstep whenever they can,” Dagane said.
PCMC management said it had sufficient manpower and drive reserves. We have eight hospital zones where these movements will be carried out. We have hired private companies to provide the staff we need. At the same time, we will run all the vaccination centers, ”he said.
As of today, the administration says there are 35,000-40,000 vaccine doses. Unlike in the past, we now have an adequate stock of vaccines. Therefore, we want to increase the vaccine as much as possible, ”he said.
“The PCMC has allowed all colleges to operate from October 12.”
PCMC management plans to spread awareness among self-help groups and voluntary organizations and increase vaccination rates throughout the city.
Municipal Commissioner Rajesh Patil said the vaccination centers would be open from 8 a.m. to 8 p.m., unlike the previous 4 p.m. Last week, the mayor held a meeting with officials and asked them to increase vaccinations.