Covid: Two more drive-in jab centres at Sector V and Eco Park

The drive-in vaccination centres at Sector V and Eco Park, which were set up on Monday, administered shots to 141 people on Tuesday.

At the Sector V centre, 91 people were administered the jab and at the Eco Park unit, 50 people were inoculated.

On Tuesday, a steady stream of cars was seen entering the drive-in centre at Sector V, which has come up inside the multi-storey parking lot in AQ Block, opposite Positional Astronomy Centre, since 10am.

Many cars had to be turned away as the centre had run out of doses by 2.30pm.

“We administered Covishield at both drive-in centres,” said an official of Nabadiganta Industrial Township Authority (NDITA).

A woman gets vaccinated at Eco Park.

The Sector V vaccine centre has been set up on the ground floor of the car park. Those who entered the parking lot were first asked their names and then asked to show their Aadhaar cards.

An NDITA official then registered the recipients on the CoWIN portal before they were asked to drive a little ahead, where a health worker administered the shot.

“Nobody is being asked to get off the vehicle while getting the shot or during registration,” the NDITA official said.

Sangeeta Mukherjee, a resident of Salt Lake's DL block, had driven to the centre with her 78-year-old mother Sudipta.

“We decided to come here as we wanted to avoid crowded places. The process was smooth and we did not have to get off our vehicle,” said Sangeeta.

The Eco Park centre has come up on the parking lot adjacent to gate number 1. The procedure being followed there is similar to Sector V’s.

The officials of the New Town Kolkata Development Authority (NKDA) who are running the centre allowed only one car to enter the vaccination zone at a time.

Debashis Sen, the chairman of both NKDA and NDITA, said they were trying to boost vaccine supply to both centres.

“We are trying to ensure that at least 100 men and women receive the shots at each of the centres every day,” Sen said.

“Both centres are administering shots to anyone aged 18 or more.

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