Tamil Nadu Health Minister Ma Subramanian in a letter to Union Health Minister Mansukh Mandaviya requested for an additional 1 crore COVID vaccines along with the equal number of 0.5 ml of AD Syringes or 1ml/2ml syringes to the state. This is in addition to the already-committed 1.04 crore vaccines for government COVID-19 vaccination centres, he said.
He pointed out that as a next step to increase the COVID-19 vaccination drive in the State, it was determined to conduct the mega camp on a weekly basis, starting from September 12. This was to cover the left-out unvaccinated eligible population aged above 18 years in the State without diluting the daily vaccination drive.
Notably, the Government of India, till September 5, has supplied 3,31,84,824 doses of COVID-19 vaccines and 1,83,95,400 (0.5 ml) AD syringes to the State, he pointed out. The State has about 6.06 crore eligible population aged above 18 years to be covered with two doses of the vaccines. Till September 5, the State has covered 2.63 crore beneficiaries with the first dose, while 68.91 lakh beneficiaries were vaccinated with both doses in government vaccination centres, he stated.
The Tamil Nadu Minister recalled that during the meeting, the Union Health Minister also agreed and impressed on the need to ensure 100 percent vaccination in all schools, colleges and to cover the left-out unvaccinated eligible population on a priority and time-bound basis and promised all assistance in this regard.