Strong health system, yet Tamil Nadu is backward in vaccination, only 9 percent of the population applied the first dose
Despite a strong health system, Tamil Nadu has lagged behind in vaccination. Tamil Nadu is among the five states that lag behind in terms of corona vaccination. The state has administered the first dose of corona vaccine to a significant 9 percent of its population of 7 crore. Tamil Nadu is at the bottom of the list along with UP, Assam, Bihar and Jharkhand. Tamil Nadu is far behind states like Gujarat and Kerala. While Gujarat has given the first dose of the vaccine to 20.5 per cent of the population, Kerala has given the first dose to 22.4 per cent of the population.
Officials attribute this poor performance to the initial hesitation among people about the vaccine. A patient from Chennai, who was part of the vaccine trial, had alleged adverse effects. At the same time, famous comedian Vivek died a few days after taking the first dose of the vaccine. Between January and February, only 4.57 lakh doses were administered in Tamil Nadu, while the vaccination rate increased five times in March. Around 28 lakh vaccine doses were administered that month. After a 7-fold increase in May, the figure reached 30 lakh doses.
Vaccination not done on the basis of population
The state government also accused the Center of supplying according to use and not according to population. Now officials say that there are no vaccine doses available in Chennai except a few thousand. Tamil Nadu Health Secretary Dr J Radhakrishnan said, now there is no hesitation among the people, vaccination is being done on a large scale. The Center has doubled our supply from May to June. CM MK Stalin has accused of sending more vaccines to less populated states. The state currently needs six lakh doses per day, that is, about 2 crore doses in a month.