Tamilnadu seeks more vaccine, present stock to last only for a week

Noting that the current stock would last only for another week, the State Health Department has requested the Centre to provide more doses of COVID-19 vaccines.

Meanwhile, there are several complaints of vaccination sessions being reduced and people being turned away from session sites.

Tamilnadu has received 54 lakh doses of Covaxin and Covishield, and has so far vaccinated more than 34.86 lakh people. The remaining stock is likely to get over in the coming week, officials said.

When contacted, officials said they have placed the request for additional vaccine doses. According to Dr TS Selvavinayagam, director of Public Health and Preventive Medicine, the availability of adequate stock is subject to the Centre allotting vaccines.

The depletion of stock seems to have taken a toll on the pace of the vaccination drive. The number of vaccinations in the State has seen a drop in the past few days.