A total of 24.85 lakh doses of COVID-19 vaccines were administered across Tamil Nadu during the third mega vaccination drive on Sunday. Of these, 14.9 lakh were first doses and 9.95 lakh second doses.
The third vaccination drive had a target of achieving 15 lakh innoculations across the State, through 23,436 centres, including primary health centres, government hospitals, anganwadi centres, nutrition centres, and schools across Tamil Nadu. The target was achieved around 2.30 pm and additional doses were continued later in the day.
The highest of 2.13 lakh doses were administered in Chennai, followed by 1.15 lakh doses in Cuddalore. While 1.13 lakh doses were administered in Coimbatore, Madurai, Tiruchy and Thanjavur also recorded over 1 lakh innoculations until around 8.30 pm on Sunday. Among health unit districts with least innoculations were Ramnad and Paramakudi.
Chief Minister MK Stalin inspected the vaccination camps in Chennai along with Greater Chennai Corporation Gagandeep Singh Bedi and Health Secretary J Radhakrishnan. Health Minister Ma Subramanian inspected vaccination camps in Tirchy, Thanjavur, Mayiladuthurai and Cuddalore.
“The third vaccination drive was expected to overachieve the target of 15 lakh target and with the adequate availability of vaccines, the drive continued during the day,” Subramanian said. The stock of vaccines has been exhausted in the State and the vaccination will not continue on Monday. The immunisation will resume as stocks arrive from the Centre,” the Minister said.