TN Health Minister to receive vaccine

Health Minister C Vijaya Baskar said he would receive the first shot of the vaccine on Friday in his capacity as a doctor.

“There has been some hesitation over the vaccination and then Pongal holidays, but we have overcome that. This is the reason I will be taking the vaccine at Rajiv Gandhi Government General Hospital on Friday. I will be going not as a Minister, but as a member of the IMA,” he said.

Meanwhile, Tamilnadu received 5,80,000 more doses of Covishield from the Centre, which reached Chennai airport on Wednesday morning.

On Wednesday, the fourth day of the vaccination across the State, 7,762 healthcare workers received the vaccine, including 7,614 who took Covishield and 148 Covaxin.

In Chennai, 500 healthcare workers received their vaccines on Wednesday, with 448 receiving Covishield and 52 receiving Covaxin. The total capacity in the city is 13,000 across 13 session sites.

So far, 33,670 beneficiaries have received vaccines in Tamilnadu, of which 32,894 received Covishield and 776 received Covaxin.

The Minister said Tamilnadu already received 5.36 lakh Covishield doses and 20,000 Covaxin doses in addition to the new shipment that reached Chennai on Wednesday morning.

Meanwhile, Tamilnadu recorded 549 fresh COVID cases and nine deaths on Wednesday.