Pimpri Chinchwad Municipal Corporation plans special vaccine tokens to ease rush at sites – Times of India

PUNE: The Pimpri Chinchwad Municipal Corporation (PCMC) has announced that it’s setting up special kiosks to distribute Covid vaccine tokens to beneficiaries.
Officials from the civic body said the kiosks will first come up at eight vaccination sites. Beneficiaries can collect their tokens from the machines and submit them at vaccination sites.

The move, the officials said, will streamline queues at Covid vaccination centres, many of which have seen arguments break out between staff and beneficiaries.
Vikas Dhakane, the PCMC’s additional commissioner, said, “The interactive kiosks will first be installed at eight vaccination centres. We are thinking of installing a few more at the PCMC’s zonal offices. We will come out with detailed guidelines soon. But let me assure you that one person will be able to take only one token at a time.”
Dhakane said apart from the kiosks, the PCMC is also planning to introduce biometric devices to verify tokens received by beneficiaries. One official from the PCMC said there have been cases of beneficiaries collecting more than one token.
Covid-19 inoculation in the district on Monday continued to be impacted by limited vaccine availability.
For Tuesday, due to low Covishield reserves, PMC and PCMC vaccination centres will be holding only Covaxin drives. The PMC said Covaxin will be offered from six sites while the PCMC said it will have four centres operational for the 18 and 60-plus groups.
Dr Sanjay Deshmukh, assistant director (medical), Pune circle, said the district is likely to receive a fresh batch of vaccines by Tuesday evening. “So far this month, we have received nearly 5.62 lakh doses of both Covaxin and Covishield. We are hoping to get four more batches for the rest of July,” Dr Deshmukh said.

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