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A first in Hry: City to start vax camps in condos today | Gurgaon News

Gurgaon: In a first for the state, the city will start vaccination camps inside housing societies on Monday. Residents will be able to walk into the camps at Cyber City, DLF-5, Vatika India Next, M3M, Tulip and BPTP on Monday and Tuesday.
These camps will be set up by private hospitals while the health department will set up its camps in Ridgewood society, The Villas in DLF-2, Club5 DLF, Community Centre in sectors 46, 47, 56 and 4, among others. Camps will also be set up in panchayat bhawans, chaupal and gram sachivalaya. The decision to ramp up the vaccination process in societies was taken after Haryana set a target of inoculating 1 lakh people in two days.
Gurgaon chief medical officer Virender Yadav said, “Most people in Gurgaon live in societies and condominiums and thus setting up camps in their areas will increase the vaccination turnout. Also, as Covid cases are rising, people are not willing to go to hospitals and the vaccination drive is moving at a slow pace. Keeping in view these issues, the department has decided to reach out to the people in their societies. This will also help the elderly in getting the jabs.”
He added that private hospitals and healthcare centres will have to adhere to all guidelines while setting up camps. “The camps will have an observation room, verification room, vaccination room and adverse event following immunisationroom,” said Dr Yadav, adding that the nearby hospitals have also been notified in case of any emergency.
Some hospitals even carried out a trial run. Dr Vriti Lumba, medical superintendent, Fortis hospital, said, “We conducted a trial in Garden Estate where we registered 50 people and vaccinated them. We have decided to set up more camps in the coming days. Several RWAs have also reached out to us but we are now setting up camps at larger societies. We have asked the RWAs to register online first so that we get an idea of the count and set up camps accordingly.”
Dr Sushila Kataria, director and head of department of internal medicine at Medanta, said that they vaccinate 119 people in Orchid Petal and 78 in Central Park on Sunday. “We will be setting up camps in 10 different places across the city in the coming days. We are in discussion with several RWAs and will set up more camps soon,” she said.
To streamline the process, hospitals are emphasising on pre-registeration while walk-ins are also allowed. “We would prefer pre-registrations but provisions for walk ins are also being provided. We are fixing the dates, getting their details and pre-registering them so that we can minimise their time at the venue,” said Arpita Mukherjee, vice-president of operations and head at Max Super Speciality Hospital.

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