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MUMBAI: The IIT-Bombay’s campus hospital now has its own Covid-19 vaccination centre. Around 140 residents from the campus, including faculty members, got vaccinated on Wednesday - the first day of the drive inside the campus. Over 6,000 residents are currently eligible for vaccination, in the age group of 45-60 years. Some of these, however, may have already taken the shot from government and private hospitals.
Director Subhasis Chaudhuri said that the purpose to set up the vaccination centre was to be prepared for the drive once it opens for students. “Once our students are eligible for the vaccine, we will not spend time on setting up the centre,” he told TOI. The civic authorities inspected the hospital facilities on campus before giving a nod. Currently, stock of Covishield is made available to the campus residents.
“I am sure availability of vaccines in the campus will give a boost to our fight against the pandemic and we sincerely hope that our students (who are mostly under 45 years) will be allowed to get vaccines in the near future as this is very much required to bring the campus back to life,” said Chaudhuri on a social media platform.
With cases surging in the city, the institute also saw a rise in cases in the last week of March. Measures were taken by the institute’s Covid taskforce to keep the numbers under control. Currently, only around 15 active cases with mild symptoms are reported on the campus.
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