Tamilnadu Chief Minister MK Stalin launched a free COVID vaccine drive through private hospitals in the State under the Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR) funds from private firms at Kauvery hospital here on Wednesday.
A number of people who had gathered at the Kauvery hospital to take vaccines got the shots under this scheme and the CM gave away the vaccination certificates. A media release said Rs 2.27 crore was available through which 36,000 doses of vaccine were given, to start with, the release said.
After the inauguration of the vaccination drive, S Chandrakumar, chairman, Confederation of Indian Industry (CII), Tamil Nadu State Council, handed over a cheque of Rs 2.20 crore and Adyar Ananda Bhavan managing director KT Srinivasa Raja, a cheque of Rs 7 lakh to the CM.
The CM said the citizens should get vaccinated as that is the only way to prevent COVID. So far, a total of 2,15,17,446 people got their jabs in both government and private hospitals, reports said.
The free-vaccination-through-private-hospital initiative got to a start after a meeting the Health Minister Ma Subramanian held with companies and representatives of around 117 private hospitals from Coimbatore, Tirupur, Erode, and Salem districts.