Popular doctors to get first Covid vaccine shots in Tamilnadu today

Chennai: The vaccination for Covid-19 would be rolled-out in 166 locations across Tamilnadu and ten medical doctors would get the shots on the first day, Health Minister C Vijayabaskar said.

As for Chennai, as many as 71,669 health workers were enlisted for the immunisation drive. A total of 9,814 employees of the Greater Chennai Corporation, 22,373 staff of various government departments and 39,483 private employees in Chennai have submitted their identity cards and phone numbers for vaccination.

In an effort to create a sense of confidence and dispel rumours, the vaccination would be administered to ten popular doctors in the state on Saturday, Vijayabaskar said.

Tamil Nadu has received 5.56 lakh doses of vaccines – 5.36 lakh doses of Serum Institute’s Covishield and 20,000 doses of Covaxin manufactured by Bharat Biotech.

Apollo Hospitals said chairman Dr Prathap C Reddy would be the first recipient of the vaccine at its vaccination centre at Nungambakkam here.

Ophthalmologist Dr Mohan Rajan, MGM director Dr Prasanth Rajagopalan, heads of doctors’ associations and deans of government medical colleges Dr R Jayanthi and Dr E Theranirajan will also be taking the vaccine on Saturday.

Chief Minister K Palaniswami would take part in the vaccination drive in Madurai, after PM Modi flags it off in Delhi.

A single vial of five ml could vaccinate ten people with a dose of 0.5 ml per person, Vijayabaskar said, adding auto disable type of syringes mandated for immunisation would be used. Vaccination for doctors and healthcare workers is being taken up after they volunteered, the Minister said.

“A detailed booklet will be released in English and Tamil to clear doubts of people on vaccination,” he said.

 

NT Bureau