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Vaccination on Wheel: Buses in Kolkata turned into COVID-19 vaccine centres; see photos

04:05 PM Jun 03, 2021 |

A bus was turned into a COVID vaccination centre, which will travel to different markets of Kolkata to vaccinate priority groups, including vegetable and fish sellers, who cannot go for inoculation leaving their businesses for hours.

The 'vaccination on wheels' initiative was launched by the Kolkata Municipal Corporation (KMC) on Thursday in cooperation with the Health and Transport departments of the West Bengal government, minister Firhad Hakim said.

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An air-conditioned bus was provided by the Transport Department for vaccinating priority groups at the different markets.

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"Since these people cannot go to a vaccination centre leaving their business for several hours, we decided to bring the facility to their doorsteps," Hakim told reporters after the inauguration of the programme at Posta Bazaar, the largest wholesale market of vegetables and groceries in the city.

He said that the number of buses used for the purpose will be increased soon.

Beneficiaries wait to get vaccines against COVID-19 near a bus where vaccines against COVID-19 are being inoculated after the inauguration of Vaccination on Wheel at Posta Bazar, in Kolkata on Thursday.
An inside view of a bus where COVID-19 vaccines are being inoculated after the inauguration of Vaccination on Wheel at Posta Bazar, in Kolkata on Thursday.
A health worker inoculates the dose of the COVID19 vaccine in a bus during vaccination on wheel in Kolkata on Thursday.
Beneficiaries wait in a bus to get their vaccines against COVID-19 after the inauguration of Vaccination on Wheel at Posta Bazar, in Kolkata on Thursday.
Beneficiaries stand in a queue near a bus to get vaccines against COVID-19 after the inauguration of Vaccination on Wheel at Posta Bazar, in Kolkata on Thursday.
A healthcare worker fills her syringe while another one is observing under a bus where vaccines against COVID-19 are being inoculated after the inauguration of Vaccination on Wheel at Posta Bazar, in Kolkata on Thursday.
A healthcare worker injects a vaccine against COVID-19 to a beneficiary in a bus after the inauguration of Vaccination on Wheel at Posta Bazar, in Kolkata on Thursday.
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