TN to intensify jab drive for 15-18 age group

Chennai: The Tamilnadu government, which kicked off vaccination for the 15-18 age group on Monday, has decided to intensify the drive in the days to come.

On day-1, the State vaccinated 3,25,288 in the age group. Tiruvanamalai district vaccinated 22.30 per cent of the eligible population, the highest in the State. However, in Chennai, only 1.44 per cent received the jab, the lowest among all districts, Health Department data showed.

The Tamilnadu government has also said that arrangements will be made to vaccinate 15-18 years old students in schools. According to the Health department, children can take their parents along with them with their parents to be vaccinated in schools.

Across the country, over 41 lakh children received the first dose of Covid-19 vaccines on Monday, the first day of the vaccination drive for those in the age group of 15-18 years, according to provisional data.

While 41,27,468 doses of Covaxin were administered to the 15-18 years age group, the total vaccination figure touched 146.71 crore, according to provisional data.