Raut held a review meeting on the Covid-19 and vaccination situation on Saturday with divisional commissioner Sanjeev Kumar, municipal commissioner Radhakrishnan B, collector Ravindra Thakre and zilla parishad CEO Yogesh Kumbhejkar.
Stating that the situation in the district is grim, Raut said maximum number of people should get vaccinated at the earliest. “To meet the target, vaccination centres will be increased to 300 in the district — 150 each in city and rural,” he said.
Currently, the Nagpur Municipal Corporation (NMC) is operating 74 vaccination centres in the city and the zilla parishad 85.
To cover more people, the NMC on Saturday started registering 60-plus citizens and 45-plus with specified comorbidities at special camps in residential areas. 10 civic staff are on the job in the 10 zones. The camps are being organized with the help of NGOs, social organizations and public representatives.
After allowing inoculation of medical shop staff, the civic body on Saturday enrolled railway employees.
NMC additional municipal commissioner Ram Joshi said railway employees were exposed to people in trains and at railway stations. “Following a letter from the Railway Board, they have been included in the frontline workers’ category,” he said.
After being on the decline since Monday, the number of vaccinated increased to 11,100 on Saturday. 5,149 from 60+ age group and 1,956 from 45+ took the jab for a total of 7,105. Moreover, 1,224 HCWs took the first dose and 455 the second. Among FLWs, 1,407 availed the first dose and 909 the second.
The civic body on Saturday started doses of Covaxin at Datke Memorial Hospital, Mahal. It will be the fifth centre of Covaxin in the city after two at the GMCH, one each at Dr Ambedkar Hospital and Viveka Hospital. The remaining centres are administering Covishield.