In a novel initiative, RC Pune Central, RID 3131, flagged off mobile vaccine clinics which are redesigned ambulance vans, to administer Covid doses in partnership with ¬'VaccineOnWheels' (VoW) and the municipal corporations of Pune, Pimpri-¬Chinchwad and Greater Mumbai and the Satara Jilla Parishhad. The mobile clinics reach out to underserved people who do not have access to government hospitals and who are hesitant to get vaccinated due to apathy, ignorance or old age, combined with the fear of visiting vaccination centres. VoW, a social enterprise launched by Rtn ¬Jignesh Patel, is a one-stop mobile clinic that creates hospital-like sterile setups near communities in need of vaccination. The municipal corporations provide vaccines (free of cost) and identify locations where the mobile booths will be set up. Each mobile clinic is equipped with cold chain facilities and AEFI kits to handle cases of ‘adverse effects following immunisation’. The mobile clinic is manned by a ¬doctor, two nurses, IT assistant for CoWin registration and a social worker to mobilise the beneficiaries. Once the vaccination drive is completed in an area chosen by the civic body, the clinic moves to another location. Funded by the CSR partners, twenty-four mobile clinics are already operational in the above mentioned areas. Starting from mid-April'21, over 93,429 covid vaccine doses have been administered till date. Pune's Mayor Murlidhar Mohol flagged off the first mobile vaccine unit in the presence of the Municipal Commissioner Mr. Vikram Kumar, Additional Commissioner Ms Rubal ¬Agarwal and RCPC members. In Pune, the mobile clinic has vaccinated over 200 workers at the construction site for Pune Metro Rail besides other vulnerable groups at old age homes, mental rehab institutions and other special centres taking care of disadvantaged people and destitute. For instance, at Niwara old age home, 180 senior citizens were vaccinated at their ¬doorstep, while another 100 HIV-positive persons and sex workers were also administered the vaccine. Among the elderly was 105-year-old Kondiba who got vaccinated at one of the clinics. This public-private ¬partnership is working so well that the ¬other cities like Goa, ¬Nagpur, Hyderabad, Cuttack, Bhubaneswar and Puri have shown interest in doing similar vaccination camps in their areas and the ¬respective clubs are in touch with RC Pune Central to replicate the project.
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