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Cyclone Yaas cloud over vaccination drive in Kolkata | Kolkata News

KOLKATA: The heavy downpour accompanied by gusty wind cyclone Yaas is expected to unleash might disrupt vaccination drives across the city. While a few private Covid vaccination centres (CVCs) have already decided to suspend the drive on Wednesday, the day when Yaas will make its landfall, CVCs attached with government hospitals are yet to take a decision. New Town Kolkata Development Authority (NKDA) has already suspended vaccination drive in New Town till the cyclone passes.
“We have decided to suspend all our inoculation drives in hospital as well as workplace vaccination sessions on Wednesday due to the impending cyclone. We plan to resume the drive again by Thursday if the situation permits,” said Rupali Basu, MD and CEO, Woodlands Hospitals.
Woodlands that currently is administering about 2,000 doses a day will however conduct its drive on Tuesday.
With the cyclone inching towards the land from the sea, Kolkata has already started witnessing spells of rain from Monday itself. The intensity of the rain likely to increase from Tuesday.
Even as the health department has not given any direction to its CVCs to suspend the immunisation drive, vaccination teams of different CVCs had rounds of meetings on Monday on the possible impact of the cyclone on the drive.
“We are going ahead with the drive on Tuesday. We will see how things go — the amount of rain, inconvenience of people reaching the CVC etc. Depending on footfall and the weather condition we will take a call on whether we will conduct our session on Wednesday or not,” said Supriyo Chaudhuri, CVC nodal officer at RG Kar Medical College and Hospital.
“Following a government advisory on keeping all vaccine vials at the health department’s main cold chain points to safely preserve the vaccines, the drive has been suspended till cyclone Yaas passes. The drives at two NKDA centers will resume after that,” said an NKDA official.
At ID Hospital Beliaghata, vaccination team has kept cold boxes ready to preserve vials in case power gets snapped. “Even if we do not suspend the drive people might not be able to reach the CVC. In case people cannot come and in case there’s power disruption and our power back-up also fails, we have prepared cold boxes as an alternative preservation device as the vaccine will lose its efficacy if the temperature is not properly maintained,” said community medicine specialist Sanjib Bandyopadhyay, vaccination coordinator at ID Hospital.




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