Chennai: Tamilnadu Chief Minister M K Stalin on Monday requested Prime Minister Narendra Modi to provide additional 50 lakh doses of Covid vaccines to the State every week to cover the eligible uncovered population by 31 October.
In a letter to Modi, copies of which were released to the media here, he cited the resounding success of the two mega vaccination camps organised by the government on 12 and 19 September and aid the State was easily capable of utilising 50 lakh vaccine doses every week–five lakh doses/per day for six days and 20 lakh doses for a mega camp on the seventh day of the week.
He said he has also directed the officers to closely liaise with the officials of the Union Ministry of Health and provide all necessary information to enable the State to get the additional doses.
‘Hence I request you to kindly facilitate in providing the additional doses of 50 lakh Covid vaccines to the State along with equal number of 0.5 ml of AD Syringes or 1 ml / 2 ml syringes to the State every week’, he said, adding, this will enable the State in vaccinating all the uncovered eligible population by 31 October, apart from administering second dose to persons who are due to receive them.
He also sought the early intervention of Modi in this regard. Stalin said in addition to regular daily vaccinations, the two mega camps were a resounding success. The State could vaccinate a record 28.91 lakh eligible persons on 12 September and another 16.43 lakh eligible persons on 19 September.
The State has crossed four crore vaccinations and has administered over a crore doses within the first 19 days of this month.
In spite of such increase in pace of vaccinations, the State is still below the national average, since the State continues to get much lower quantities than the other states in terms of per capita vaccine allocation.
‘Hence, unless the allocation is increased substantially, the State will always be below the national average for those indicators, let alone go above it’, he said.
Pointing out that the Centre has supplied 3.97 crore doses of vaccine and 2.21 crore (0.5 ml) AD syringes to the State till September 19 this year, the Chief Minister said by deriving more doses out of the each 10 ml vial, the State has been able to vaccinate 4.13 crore persons in Government Covid vaccination centres.
Despite the levels of vaccinations achieved in the State, it still has a large eligible population which is yet to get vaccinated and this continues to make the State vulnerable for Covid cases, Stalin said.
‘Considering the capacity of the State and the uncovered eligible population, the State has no other option to continue organising such mega camps at regular intervals in addition to daily vaccinations. Only this can help us to overcome the low vaccination numbers achieved in the first four months of the vaccination programme’, he said.