“We have the capacity to create 5,000 vaccination sites across the state. But because of the Co-Win technical problems, we are unable to add as many sites as we want to,” said a Swasthya Bhavan official. Of the new additions, 60 were KMC urban primary health centres, where 3,500 senior citizens were inoculated. Most registered on the spot. “Anyone above 60 can visit our urban centres with an ID and age proof. They will be registered on spot and vaccinated. Citizens above 45 with co-morbidities can also go to the facilities but they will have to show medical certificates for co-morbidities,” said Firhad Hakim, chairman of board of administrators.
A majority of centres in the city, especially those attached to hospitals, exceeded their vaccination targets on Thursday. With the teams gaining more experience and senior citizens eager to get the shot against Covid-19, health officials said the state could easily vaccinate close to 2 lakh recipients a day now.
Health officials pointed out that Kolkata could have started with almost 100 vaccination centres but their technical team could do little due to the portal problems. The Swasthya Bhavan technical team creates vaccination sites through the Co-Win portal. Once done, a login ID and password are issued to the vaccination centres. “Our team is working till midnight every day to create more vaccination sites. But the portal glitches are becoming a challenge. If the system runs smoothly, we plan to scale up the CVC number to 5,000 by next week,” said director of health services Ajay Chakraborty. The state had planned to create 2,500 vaccination sites on Wednesday but only 752 materialized.
Hospitals, like AMRI Salt Lake, could get access to the portal only on Thursday though it was supposed to start the drive on Monday. “We got access to community vaccination from our Salt Lake unit on Thursday. We will soon be able to vaccinate around 900 people a day from our three centres. We will also start spot registration for limited recipients, which will help the elderly,” said Rupak Barua, group CEO of AMRI Hospitals.