Tamil Nadu Health Minister asks for additional 1 crore doses of pandemic vaccines

Tamil Nadu Health Minister Ma Subramanian has asked for an additional allocation of one crore doses of COVID-19 vaccines from the Union Health Ministry for the mega vaccination camp planned on September 12. In a letter to Union Health Minister Mansukh Mandaviya, Subramanian requested additional doses of one crore COVID-19 vaccines for Tamil Nadu.

State’s health minister M Subramanian said that the Centre, till September 5, has supplied 3,31,84,824 doses of Covid vaccines. 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 decided to conduct the mega camp on a weekly basis, starting from September 12. The State has been vaccinating at about 5 lakh doses per day for the last seven days. Considering the current pace of inoculation, supplies are adequate for only three to four days, making it difficult to plan for covering the eligible left-out population, he said. During his visit to New Delhi recently, Subramanian said he had requested Union Health Minister Mansukh Mandviya to allot additional doses for all the residents of the nine districts that border Kerala which was seeing high infection rate. Subramanian said based on the request, the Centre released 19,22,080 vaccines on Sunday.