Stalin launches booster dose vaccine

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Chennai, Jan 10 : Amid rise in COVID cases and the threat posed by the hihgly transmissible Omicron variant, Tamil Nadu Chief Minister

M K Stalin today launched administering booster dose vaccine for people

above 60 years of age with comorbidities and frontline workers.

Mr Stalin launched the vaccine drive at the Image Auditorium in MRC

Nagar, in which State Health Minister Ma.Subramanian, Health Secretary

Dr J Radhakrishan and other officials took part.

A total of 36.26 lakh persons are eligible for the “precaution” dose. They

included 5.65 lakh healthcare workers, 9.78 lakh frontline workers; and

about 20.83 lakh persons aged above 60 with comorbidities.

All those who have received their second dose of 19 vaccination during

February to May 2021 are eligible to get the “precaution” dose before

January 31 depending on the completion of 39 weeks (273 days) after

the second dose of vaccination.

Four lakh persons will be eligible for the booster vaccine dose on the

first day of its administration today, according to Director of Public

Health T.S. Selvavinayagam.

He said in the whole of January, 10.7 lakh persons can get their booster doses.

The beneficiaries include 2.7 lakh frontline workers, 2.7 lakh healthcare workers

and five lakh people aged above 60.

As per the statistics and the guidelines provided by the Union government,

9.1 lakh beneficiaries will be administered Covishield and 1.5 lakh persons

will get Covaxin,” he said.

Dr Selvavinayagam said as on date, the State government has a stock 71 lakh

doses of vaccines.

Prime Minister Narendra Modi had stressed the importance of administering

the precaution dose in the wake of highly transmissible and fast spreading

variant of SARS-CoV-2, which has been posing a tough challenge for the state

governments to contain its spread.

During the last oneweek here has been rapid increase in the daily caseload in

Tamil Nadu. A total of 12,895 fresh cases were reported among 1,47,705 people

tested on Sunday, with the State Capital of Chennai turning out to be the hotspot

recording nearly 50 per cent of the cases (6,186 ).

As on date, 185 persons were infected with the Omicron variant of the novel

coronavirus. They include six cases cross-notified to Kerala (1), Puducherry (3)

and Andhra Pradesh (2). So far, 179 persons have been declared to have recovered.

Last Monday, Mr Stalin launched the vaccination drive for those in 15-18 age group.


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