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The health authorities have urged people to get their booster shots at the earliest in view of the festive congregations and the winter season.
Health minister Ma Subramanian on Sunday said it was still difficult to convince people to take booster dose and urged them to make use of the next five days to take it for free.
Director of Family Welfare and nodal officer of Covid vaccination Dr Bijay Panigrahy said only 25 per cent of the targeted beneficiaries have received the precaution dose in the last 45 days.
Many people in the district have been alleging that the government has been involved in cooking up fake data with the help of health department workers to showcase a high success rate.
The minister was speaking to reporters at the Government Kilpauk Medical College Hospital after inaugurating the Institute of Radio Diagnosis, the upgraded Department of Radiology.
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"Only 10 per cent of the patients were infected with the Covid after the third dose,” said Sisodia.
Health Minister Ma Subramanian launched a drive to administer Corbevax booster doses to recipients aged 18 years and above in Tamil Nadu on Friday.
Dr Sudhakar warns hospitals against denying treatment to Covid patients
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The Health department officials admitted that the shortage of vaccines has hit the precaution dose drive in rural parts of the State after the free dose for the 18-59 years age group.
The Lok Nayak Jai Prakash Narayan (LNJP) Hospital MD said that the cases are increasing because of the mutation of COVID and urged everyone to take precautionary vaccine doses.
Not only the precaution dose, but the second dose coverage in around eight districts is also low as 25 lakh people are yet to take their second jab.
An analysis of recent Covid fatalities in the State revealed that around 80 per cent (pc) of the victims who succumbed to the disease in the last one month had not taken the precautionary dose.
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Existing Covaxin doses of 1.5 lakh will last more than a fortnight; Covishield stock of 7.5 lakh will finish by Wednesday
About 3.5 crore Covid-19 doses have been administered so far in Delhi, of which 1.81 crore are first doses while1.53 crore are second. Only 18.5 lakh booster shots have been given so far.
Our aim is to vaccinate all those above the age of 18 in 7,500 govt centres, says Sudhakar
The free booster dose campaign for those aged between 18 and 59 years, which began on Friday in 8,000 government centres across the state, saw good response.