In a bid to help those who are yet undecided about visiting hospitals for getting vaccinated, AMRI Hospitals have started a drive-by vaccination camp in Kolkata. The initiative is sure to help in expanding the vaccination coverage in the city, was organised at Leslie Claudius Sarani by the Hospital in association with the Kolkata Police on June 9.
The City’s Police Commissioner, Soumen Mitra, flagged off this vaccination drive. At the launch, those senior citizens of the city, who registered for the inoculation through an initiative of Kolkata Police, called ‘Pronam’, were given the vaccination along with the functionaries of the hospital.
Talking about this initiative, Rupak Barua, the Group CEO of AMRI Hospitals said: “Since the launch of the community vaccination programme, we have noticed that a lot of people don’t want to visit hospitals to take vaccine shots for fear that they might catch the infection. As we are not allowed to start door-to-door vaccination, we have been exploring other ways to reach out to more people for the jab. When we mooted a drive-by camp to Kolkata Police, Commissioner Mitra supported the initiative enthusiastically.”
There are plans to extend the drive-by vaccination camp from Kolkata Maidan to two other points in the city — at Ajoynagar crossing service road from June 10 and the Traffic Training School of Kolkata Police at Tala Park from June 11.
At these places, the camps will be there for at least a week. The timings for administering the vaccination each day will be from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m.
“In the special category for people aged between 18 to 45 years, 17,01,976 have been vaccinated overall since the drive began,” said the Director of Health Services, Dr. Ajoy Chakraborty.
The Sputnik V shots, which were recently shipped to Kolkata, marked its debut in the State’s inoculation drive on June 8. As many as 150 people were vaccinated with the Russia-made vaccine at the RN Tagore International Institute.