Tamil Nadu: In the letter written on Monday, the Tamil Nadu health minister Ma Subramanian requested the Union health minister to provide 50 lakh vaccines per week in addition to the present supply so that the entire population is inoculated with at least one dose of vaccine by the end of October 2021.
The Health Minister said in a letter written to Union Health Minister Mansukh Mandaviya citing the need for more vaccines as an extra quota from the Central government. He said, even after the success of the mega Covid vaccination drive, the state was still vulnerable as a large number of the eligible population still needed to be administered even the first dose, and hence the state could not relax on its achievements. The health minister in the letter pointed out that the population left out is a worry and hence the state health department cannot be complacent until at least one dose of the jab is administered to every eligible person of the state of Tamil Nadu.
The state health minister also said that Tamil Nadu will be organizing such mega vaccination camps every week so that the entire population is covered by at least one dose of the vaccine. Tamil Nadu has an adult population of 6.06 crore and by Sunday after the mega vaccination drive, it had inoculated 4.01 crore of its population with at least one dose of the vaccine.