Union Health Ministry issues guidelines for immunizing pregnant women, says COVID vaccines are safe
Bombay: Maharashtra government is ready to vaccinate 15 lakhs per day against COVID-19, Chief Minister Uddhav Thackeray said on Monday as he warned people in light of the expected third wave of the pandemic and the danger of the Delta Plus variant.
Speaking virtually at the inauguration of a large COVID care center (CCC) in the suburb of Malad, Mr Thackeray said the need of the hour was to be more careful and remain vigilant given the threat of a possible third wave of the pandemic.
Mr Thackeray said the health of citizens was a priority for his government and that there would be no compromise on their protection against COVID-19.
“There is also a threat from the delta plus variant. Even as the daily number of COVID-19 cases decreases, people should continue to follow appropriate COVID behavior. We are ready to vaccinate 15 lakh people per day, ”he said.
So far, 3,119,607 people have been vaccinated against COVID-19 in Maharashtra. On June 26, Maharashtra set a new record by vaccinating more than 7 lakhs per day, an official from the state’s health department said.
The chief minister said the second wave of the pandemic was not yet over. “Although the bed occupancy rate is lower now, appropriate COVID behavior must be followed by everyone. In the first wave, we (the government) were the first to erect a giant COVID facility at BKC (Bandra Kurla Complex) in record time, “he added.
The Malad CCC, built by the Mumbai Metropolitan Area Development Authority (MMRDA), is one of four new facilities being put in place to strengthen health infrastructure to cope with the third wave possible pandemic.
The newly constructed jumbo CCC has 2,170 beds, of which 70% are oxygen beds and 192 are intensive care beds. There are 200 oxygen beds and 50 intensive care beds for the pediatric ward.
Besides Malad, the CCCs will be installed at Kanjurmarg, Sion and at Worli Racecourse in Mumbai. In addition, the bed capacity of the NESCO center, the Richardson and Cruddas facilities in Byculla and the NSCI is being increased.
Maharashtra on Sunday reported 9,974 new positive cases for the coronavirus and 143 deaths, bringing the number of infections to 60 36,821 and the toll to 1,21,286, the state health department said. (PTI)