Tamilnadu government has urged the union government to allot at least 10 lakh Covaxin doses for the State as nearly 12 lakh people are waiting for the second dose, said Health Minister Ma Subramanian after a review meeting at New Delhi on Wednesday.
“The union government has instructed all states to at least give the first dose of vaccination to the entire population by November and take steps to improve the reach of the second dose. Though the vaccination drive has been effective in the State, there has been a shortage of Covaxin and thus many are yet to take the second dose of it,” Subramanian said.
The State has also asked for the Centre’s position on vaccinating children. It has also submitted a petition to start production of vaccines at Chengalpattu and Coonoor, the Minister said.
Meanwhile, speaking about AIIMS in Madurai, the Minister said, “We have submitted a petition to start construction in Madurai and to start one in Coimbatore. We will also request Rs 950 crore fund from the Centre to elevate the quality of 19 district government hospitals in Tamil Nadu. It will cost Rs 50 crore for each hospital.”