City to get 3 drive-by jab centres

Recipients will have to register on the CoWIN portal before arriving at a drive-by centre.

The city will get three drive-by vaccination facilities over the next three days — in the Maidan area, Tallah and Ajoynagar.

All three, to come up on roads, will be run by the AMRI Hospitals group. The recipients will be administered Covishield and each dose will cost Rs 850, said an official.

Anyone of age 18 years or older can get the first or second dose at any of the drive-by centres.

Last Friday, the Calcutta Municipal Corporation had launched a drive-in vaccination centre at Quest Mall, off the Park Circus seven-point crossing. So far about 800 people have been vaccinated there.

Since the civic body is running the centre at the mall, the jabs are being administered for free.

“Recipients do not have to step out of the car to get vaccinated. This is particularly helpful for the elderly and the ailing,” said a CMC official.

The first of the drive-by vaccination facilities, to be run by AMRI, will be launched on Leslie Claudius Sarani in the Maidan area on Wednesday. It will be inaugurated at 10.30am.

The second centre will come up on the service road near the Ajoynagar crossing of the Bypass. It will function from Thursday. The third will be operational at the Calcutta police traffic training school at Tallah from Friday.

At every centre the jabs will be administered from 10am to 6pm.

“Recipients will have to register on the CoWIN portal before arriving at a drive-by centre. They  do not need to book a slot. Guards will check whether the recipients are registered on CoWIN,” said an official at AMRI. Recipients will have to travel in four-wheelers.

Like the drive-in centre at Quest Mall, the recipients at the drive-by centres, too, will not have to step out of the cars to get vaccinated. A vaccinator will deliver the jab through a window of the car.

Post-vaccination, a recipient has to wait in a car for 30 minutes in a parking area.

“Each car will be given a red flag that a recipient or those accompanying him or her must fly if the person administered the jab feels uncomfortable during the 30-minute period. Our volunteers will reach out to them and subsequently doctors will attend to them,” said the official.

At Quest Mall, the jabs are being administered in the parking area. “The Calcutta Municipal Corporation is providing the vaccine and the vaccinators, Woodlands Hospital is providing doctors and we are giving the space. The drive-in vaccination will continue at least till June 15, since malls will remain closed till then,” said Dilip Sen, the managing director of Quest Mall.

Only first doses to those who are 45 or older are being administered at the mall.

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