PUNE: Bajaj Group in collaboration with Pune Municipal Corporation (PMC) will conduct a mega vaccination drive from September 27, 2021, in Pune across 187 Covid vaccination centers (CVC) and slum areas. As a part of its continued efforts in helping residents of Pune stay protected against the likely third wave of COVID-19, Bajaj Group companies – Bajaj Finserv Ltd., and Bajaj Auto Ltd., have provided 1 lakh doses of Covishield vaccine to the Pune Municipal Corporation to conduct this mega drive for the residents of urban areas of Pune.
The inauguration ceremony of this Mega Vaccination held today witnessed the presence of Shri Murlidhar Mohol, Mayor, Pune City, Smt. Sunita Wadekar, Dy. Mayor, Pune City, Dr. Swadhin Kshatriya, State Chief Commissioner of Right to Service, Shri Vikram Kumar, Municipal Commissioner, PMC, Dr. Kunal Khemnar, Additional Municipal Commissioner, PMC, Shri Ravindra Binwade, Additional Municipal Commissioner, PMC, Shri Ashish Bharti, MoH, Department of Health, Dr. Suryakant Deokar, Chief Immunization Officer, Pune, Shri Ajay Khedekar, Chairman Sports Committee, PMC, Shri Rajeev Jain, Managing Director BFL, Shri Devang Mody- Chief Executive Officer, Bajaj Finserv Health Limited, Shri Deepak Reddy- Group Head Human Resources, Bajaj Finserv Limited, Shri Ajay Sathe- Group Head CSR, Bajaj Finserv Limited, Colonel Randolph Vaz- Head Admin & Security, Bajaj Finserv Limited
Commenting on the initiative Shri. Ajay Sathe, CSR Head, Bajaj Finserv said, “The mega vaccination drive organized last month in the rural Pune was a massive success and the drive successfully administered more than 2.5 lakhs doses across the district. Now our target is to assist the authorities in vaccinating the urban population of Pune. It’s our collective responsibility to come forward in ways more than ever before in this fight against COVID-19.”
Shri. Murlidhar Mohol, Mayor of Pune City, commented on the initiative stating, “We would like thank Bajaj Group for providing 1 lakh doses of Covishield, which will be distributed across all 15 wards. This has been a great support to the City.”
Shri. Vikram Kumar, Municipal Commissioner of Pune Municipal Corporation said, “The initiative aims at administering Covid-19 vaccines to cover more citizens. The support will accelerate the PMC objective to cover 100% of the eligible citizens. This is truly a special initiative from Bajaj Group companies under CSR. It will make a positive difference to society in order to win the war against COVID-19.”
In Pune City out of 42.10 lacs of Population with 33.30 lacs of eligible beneficiaries, till now Pune city has completed more than 42.25 Lac’s jabs which cover 29.07 lacs citizens (87%) with 1st Dose and 13.18 lacs beneficiaries (39%) with both doses.
Bajaj Group committed Rs. 300 crore since the start of the pandemic to support the fight against COVID-19. The support was utilized to alleviate the immediate on-ground challenges as well as to build capacity and resources. This includes the installation of 12 oxygen plants to provide more than 5,000 LPM of oxygen supply to rural and urban hospitals, along with respiratory support equipment like oxygen concentrators, ventilators, and BiPaps, to help augment their capacity in treating COVID-19 patients. The Group has also donated close to 7 lakh vaccine doses to local authorities in Pune and Aurangabad.
The Group has also worked with the Government, local administration, and a network of more than 200 NGO partners, to support various projects to ensure that the desired help and support was extended to those who needed the most including immediate food relief to stranded migrants; up-gradation of urban and rural healthcare facilities; provision of key healthcare devices; and livelihood support for returned migrants.
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