BMC Introduces Drive-in Vaccination Facility at Esplanade Mall

With the increasing rush of people for Covid-19 vaccination, the Bhubaneswar Municipal Corporation (BMC) has decided to open a temporary drive-in vaccination facility on a pilot basis at the Esplanade Mall near Rasulgarh Square. This facility will be catering to the people waiting for their second dose.

The drive-in facility is scheduled to operate from May 8 and continue till May 15, with an exception of one day i.e. May 9th. People in the 45 plus age group who have taken their first dose from a private or governmental facility are allowed to avail of this to get their second dose of vaccination. However, one must book a slot online on the CoWIN portal in advance as no walk-ins are allowed.

So far, 400 people are expected to be vaccinated at the site on May 8, and about 500 per day will be inoculated on the remaining days between May 10 and 15.

“Those who have booked their slots online for vaccination at the site will have to drive in to the parking lot of the mall and wait inside their vehicle for their turn. Those visiting the site on two-wheelers will also have to wait at the designated spot. The vaccination will be done at the exit point. After the inoculation, the beneficiaries will drive out”, said Prem Chandra Chaudhary, commissioner, BMC.

Keeping a strict check on protocols, pillion riding is not allowed for those visiting the site on two-wheelers, and only two persons are allowed to on four-wheelers. These measures are in place to ensure social distancing.

For verification, the Aadhaar card and certificate of the first dose of vaccination have to be carried. No vehicle will be allowed inside the parking lot without slot booking.

“If found feasible, more such drive-in vaccination centres will open in the city”, Chaudhary said.

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