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Pune: A whopping 142 small hospitals and nursing homes are set to begin Covid-19 vaccination on their premises from July 1.

Health officials of the Pune Municipal Corporation (PMC) have started conducting zone-wise training of the hospitals’ staffers from Wednesday for a smoother vaccination process.

“The training is mainly about how to conduct the inoculation drive which is primarily a technology-driven process. With this, the number of Covid vaccination centres in the PMC limits has gone up to 415. Of these, 200 are currently actively involved in vaccination,” said PMC’s Covid vaccination chief, Vaishali Jadhav.

“Of the 415 Covid vaccination centres, 188 are run by the PMC and 10 by the state. With the existing 75 Covid vaccination centres at private hospitals and an additional 142 small nursing homes and hospitals that have been allowed to function as such hubs from July 1, the number of inoculation facilities at private hospitals across the PMC limits have gone up to 217,” Jadhav said.

“The objective is to ensure that citizens have quite a few Covid vaccination centres available both at private and public settings in their neighbourhood,” she said.

On the vaccine procurement policy for the small hospitals, Jadhav said, “Small private hospitals will have to procure Covid vaccines through a state government-devised mechanism to ensure equitable distribution. The mechanism will have more clarity in a day or two. They (private hospitals) will have to purchase the vaccine either from the state or from the PMC and carry out vaccination as per the centralized vaccination policy adhering to the set prices.”

Unlike big hospitals, small nursing homes have been facing difficulties regarding procuring the doses from the manufacturers. Some of them have even joined hands to collectively place the purchase order after manufacturers dismissed their independent small purchase orders.

“Our concern is to get an immediate and smooth supply of vaccines. Frequent changes in policy and guidelines have led to unnecessary anxiety and unrest among citizens as vaccination schedule is of two doses and needs to be completed in certain duration,” said Sanjay Patil, chairman of the Indian Medical Association’s Hospital Board of India, an association of small hospitals.

Medical expert Girish Kirad, who runs a small private nursing home in the Chandannagar area and had participated in the training session at the PMC building in Shivajinagar on Wednesday, said, “The training was mainly about how to create vaccination sessions and other mandatory processes as per the CoWIN app. I would be able to vaccinate 100 people every day at the facility in my nursing home. It will help decongest other vaccination centres in our area. But I am clueless about how to procure the vaccine doses.”

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