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Cyclone Tauktae: COVID-19 Vaccination Centres In Mumbai Shut, Bandra–Worli Sea Link Closed Till May 16

Mumbai: Mumbai’s Brihanmumbai Municipal Corporation (BMC) has suspended the COVID-19 vaccination drive due to Cyclone Tauktae. The government vaccination centres will remain closed on May 15 and 16.

“2-3 private centres are continuing with their vaccinations but all govt centres will be closed for vaccination today and tomorrow. We are focusing on the people due for their second dose. Elderly people and people with comorbidities are also on our priority,” Mumbai Mayor Kishori Pednekar was quoted as saying by ANI, reported ZeeNews.

“The decision was taken to avoid troubles for senior citizens and also possible crowding as the city is expected to get rains due to the cyclone,” Additional Municipal Commissioner Suresh Kakani told PTI, Zee News reported.

Meanwhile, the Mumbai Mayor said that they will assess the situation and decide if there is a need to shift COVID-19 patients from Jumbo centres.

“All Jumbo COVID centres have been asked to remain on standby and if needed, patients to be shifted to other places. By afternoon we will have an update about this if patients need to be shifted. We are watching the situation closely,” Pednekar informed.

“Around 100 lifeguards are placed at various beaches for emergency rescue etc. Fire brigade teams are also on stand-by. Bandra-Worli sea link will be closed for traffic today and tomorrow, ” she said.