The number of doses saw a spurt at Peerless Hospital, Medica, CMRI and RN Tagore International Institute of Cardiac Sciences (RTIICS) even as Belle Vue and Woodlands stuck to the numbers they have been doing since late last week. Fortis Hospital remained the only exception with zero doses since the hospital is yet to receive its quote of vaccines.
Peerless Hospital, which had been forced to restrict its daily doses to less than 200 last week, raised it to above 500 on Wednesday. “Since we received fresh supply late last week, our daily target has been above 400. We have now scaled it up to 500-plus since the queue has lengthened ever since government-run CVCs ran into a shortage this week. A large share of our recipients is lining up for their first dose. These are the ones who had been waiting to get inoculated at government centers that have now shut their doors on them,” said Peerless Hospital CEO Sudipta Mitra.
More than 300 of Peerless’ 519 recipients on Wednesday got their first jab.
At RTIICS, 70% of the 1,000 doses administered on Wednesday was first dose. At Medica Superspecialty Hospital, 75% of 460 recipients at their on-site CVCs got their first dose on Wednesday.
AMRI Hospitals – that administered around 1,400 doses across its three centers on Wednesday – has seen an increase in the number of second doses. “These are the ones who had been planning to go to government CVCs but were turned away due to shortage. Now, they are ready to pay for vaccines at private CVCs,” said AMRI CEO Rupak Barua.
The number of first-dose recipients has shot up also because several sectors have made vaccination mandatory for employees to return to work, said Mitra. “The hospitality industry and the travel and tourism sector, in particular, have made it compulsory for those who had been deferring vaccination. Then, there are students and professionals who need to travel abroad,” said Mitra.
Another section is the one who had been weighing their options before deciding on a vaccine, pointed out Barua. “This is the discerning population that had been following a wait-and-watch policy so far. They are now rushing to get the first jab,” said Barua.
Woodlands Hospital has seen an 8% increase in second-dose recipients. “Our target for Wednesday was 2,250, which included 1,550 at the hospital,” said Woodlands managing director Rupali Basu.
CMRI has scaled up its daily doses from below 100 last week to 250 on Wednesday. It is ready for a further hike. “We now have enough in stock to last 20 days more, so we are ready to go full steam,” said Simmardeep Gill, COO, CK Birla Hospitals. The hospital, however, has so far received a mixed bag of first and second dose recipients.
Belle Vue Clinic has scaled up its daily doses to 650 at its on-site CVCs. At off-sites, the hospital is doing around 1,500 daily. “This takes our daily number to around 2,500 and we hope to be able to carry on like this for the next one month at least,” said CEO P Tondon.