Despite being temporarily shut for over a year, a Jain temple in Mumbai has opened up in a new avatar–as a COVID-19 vaccination centre. By Bayar Jain
As per a report by the Times of India, a Jain temple in Mumbai’s Andheri East region has been converted into a COVID-19 vaccination centre. Complete with refrigerators to store vials, CCTV cameras for safety, and rooms for doctors to rest, this JB Nagar-based religious structure aims to ease the nation’s collective vaccination efforts, especially during the upcoming rainy months. Reportedly listed as Tarunbharat Jain Mandir on the official vaccination registration portal, CoWIN, the inoculation drive at the temple is claimed to be conducted by Seven Hills Hospital.
Speaking about the makeshift vaccination centre to media, the managing committee of Kantinagar Shwetambar Murtipujak Tapagach Jain Sangh states the inception of the idea was first conceived months ago. Then, monks living within the temple compound decided to refurbish the existing structure for immunisation.
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Noting this novel move, many users have taken to social media to praise the initiative—some of whom claim Mumbai-based vaccination centre to be the first such temple in the nation to take the step. Comedian Atul Khatri, too, posted about the same on his Instagram profile. Fans and fellow Instagrammers, however, were quick to shower praise for other such initiatives in their respective cities. Users have mentioned that temples in Baroda and Ahmedabad, churches in Mumbai, and gurdwaras in some cities have also been undertaking vaccination drives for months.
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