Chennai: Tamilnadu has so far received 12.32 lakh Covid vaccines of which 1.33 lakh does were given to frontline workers, Health Minister Dr C Vijayabaskar informed the State Assembly today.
Replying to supplementary questions raised by ruling AIADMK member S Semmalai, who sought to know when the MLAs, who were having direct contact with the people would be vaccinated, the Minister said the State has so far received 12,34,920 vaccines, which included 10,45,000 Covishield and 1,89,920 Covaxin vaccines.
Of this, 1,33 lakh vaccines were given so far for frontline healthcare workers. He said 8,59,982 people have been identified for vaccination in the next phase which included 1,54,681 from police department, 1,06,697 from municipal department and local bodies and 35,757 Revenue department personnel.
Vijayabaskar said in the next one week, people above 50 years of age, media personnel, Assembly Speaker K Dhanapal, Chief Minister Edappadi K Palaniswami, Deputy Chief Minister O Panneerselvam, Ministers and MLAs would be administered the vaccine.
“We have sent a report to the Centre for vaccinating them and we expect a reply in one or two weeks. After getting the Centre’s nod, the vaccines will be administered to them,” the Minister said, and allayed fears about taking the vaccine.
“It’s natural that there is some hesitation in taking the vaccine initially. Only to allay the fears and to send the message that the vaccine is safe, I and the Health Secretary took the vaccine,” Dr Vijayabaskar said.
“Now District Collectors and other officials are taking the vaccination to build confidence among the people,” he said, adding, there was no need for any fear or hesitation in taking the vaccine.
He also said the Health department will take action in one or two days on the steps to be taken to vaccinate the people’s representatives.