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Tamil Nadu to totally inoculate school, college staff by September 5

Chennai, August 29(BPNS)

Tamil Nadu will complete the vaccination of the staff including teaching and non-teaching staff of schools and colleges by September 5. A statement from the office of the state health minister said that at least one dose of vaccine would be administered to the staff of schools and colleges by September 5.

It is to be noted that more than 90% of the teachers and non-teaching staff of schools and colleges in the state were administered a minimum of one dose of vaccine.

Colleges and higher classes in schools are  scheduled to reopen in Tamil Nadu from September 5 and the state health department and higher education and school education department does not want to take any risk regarding the vaccination of staff, both teaching and non-teaching, the statement said.

The state would also be administering vaccines for super senior students in schools, especially those in 12th standard and all the college students. Tamil Nadu minister for health, Ma Subramanian, and state higher education minister, K. Ponmudi had on Saturday attended a vaccine drive for college students.

The state has been conducting vaccination drives for targeted communities and this focused vaccination has yielded the desired results, the statements said. In Pudukottai district almost all the differently-abled persons were administered the vaccine while in Ayilur district all the pregnant women were inoculated.

Health department stated that on Saturday itself, 4.7 lakh people took the vaccine across the state taking the daily tally to 2.9 crores in government centres.

The state is expecting 1 crore doses of vaccines as a single allotment to become the overall top performer in the country. The officials are of the opinion that in the first four months of vaccination drive the allocation was poor to the state due to the poor performance in inoculating.

State health minister Ma Subramanian while speaking to BPNS said, “We have received a special allocation of 22 lakh doses of vaccine for August and we are trying to get 1 crore doses as special allocation and this would take us to a higher level among the best performers as far as vaccination drives are concerned. We have administered vaccines to targeted communities like sportspersons, differently-abled people, lactating mothers, and pregnant mothers and the results have been up to what we had expected. With colleges and higher classes in schools reopening from September 1 , we need more doses of vaccine and complete all those who would be in contact with the students.”