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TN health department concerned over low Covid  vaccine rates in districts 

Chennai, June 11 (BPNS)

Tamil Nadu health department has sent missives to district collectors of  Chennai, Chengalpattu, Ranipet, Tiruppatur, Tiruppur, Madurai, Myladuthurai, and Theni for increasing the vaccination rate and to coordinate with the district health officials as vaccination rate is low in these districts.

With the mega vaccination drive on June 12, Sunday with vaccination facilities available in 1 lakh centres across the state, the health department is planning to make up for the low rate of vaccination in certain districts as Covid -19 cases have shown a comeback across the country.

Tamil Nadu has identified Omicron variant of the Covid virus in the recent Covid cases and the whole genome sequencing of the samples has shown that BA 4 and BA 5 sub-variants of Omicron were in circulation among Covid patients in the state.

It may be noted that Tamil Nadu has administered 11.18 crore doses of vaccine to date with 93.87% of people above the age of 18 receiving the first dose of the vaccine. Around 83.06% of the people have received the second dose of the vaccine. The second dose coverage is low among those aged above 18 in the districts of Ranipet, Tirupattur, Madurai, Namakkal, and Theni, health department officials said.

The state health department has found that to date 43 lakh persons in Tamil Nadu are yet to take the first dose of the vaccine and 1.21 crore people are to take the second dose.

The health department is worried that the new sub-variant of BA 4 and BA 5 will spread through those who have not taken the vaccines and the state health department has urged people to complete their vaccination in the mega camp to be held on Sunday.

State health minister Ma Subramanian while speaking to BPNS said, “ People must take the jab in this mega vaccine camp as there is a slight increase in Covid -19 cases across the country and Tamil Nadu is not an exception. Everyone should make use of the opportunity of the mega vaccine camp on June 12th, Sunday as we have arranged vaccination in 1 lakh centres. This is a good opportunity and those who have failed to take the first and second doses of the vaccine must complete this we have directed all the district collectors, district health officials, and the district superintendents of police to monitor the vaccination and make sure that maximum number of people are inoculated.”