Chaos continues at GCC-run vaccine centres. And the one in Alwarpet, perhaps the biggest witnessed this this on Wednesday morning, April 21. The agitated crowd spilled on to the road and protested and it needed local police to talk to the people and being some order here.
That token are now being given early at the clinics seems more of a temporary practice to deal with big streams of people. Not all people are aware of this. Those who get to know are lining up and taking the tokens but they can take the jabs only after 10 am.
The stay infuriates many people, seniors who must have tiffin or take their medicines are affected and a worried lot.
This morning, since the local power cut was on, the centre was in darkness. The vaccine arrived only at about 10;30 am.
Once police brought order here, the process worked smooth.
A staff here says they have freezers to retain the vaccine for close to 48 hours. But there is no power backup facility here. He says since the vaccine now gets exhausted fast, there is no need to preserve/store locally.
However in this continuing chaos, the GCC staff are at their posts, cool and carry on doing what they have to do.
- Report by Aishwarys R., intern at Mylapore Times