Chennai: City meets only 18% of day’s vaccine target – ET HealthWorld


Chennai: Tamil Nadu added 464 cases and four deaths to the state Covid-19 registry on Monday, when 8,619 people volunteered to take the vaccine. There were 4,354 people still seeking treatment while the case tally moved to 8,42,261 and the death toll to 12,387.

Until 7 pm on Monday, 5,947 healthcare providers, 1,384 frontline workers and 1,288 police personnel took the vaccine. With this, 1,74,749 people have taken their first dose of vaccine against Covid-19. In absolute numbers, Chennai vaccinated 1,197 people – 18% of its capacity to vaccinate 6,700 people in 65 vaccination centres on Monday. Coimbatore followed with 748 people vaccinated against a target of 1,600. Aranthangi health district vaccinated just 13 people against its capacity to vaccinate 1,300. Dindugal and Tirupattur vaccinated 25 people each though they had a capacity to vaccinate 1,100 people.

In the past three weeks, Coimbatore has inoculated 12,039 against its capacity to vaccinate 14,100 people. Of this, 11,821 were healthcare providers, 133 family welfare officers and 85 were police personnel. Salem and the Nilgiris have vaccinated nearly 60% of their capacities, but other districts have achieved less than 50% of their targets.

In six districts – Aranthangi, Vellore, Ranipet, Pudukottai, Tenkasi and Tiruvannamalai — at least 90% of the targeted population did not show up. The state health department, which had written to the Centre seeking permission to vaccinate the elderly and vulnerable groups, is awaiting reply. “We have asked the state election commission to share the list of people above 50 years. We are awaiting the data,” said Dr K Vinay Kumar, joint commissioner of immunisation.

On Monday, Chennai reported two deaths, followed by one each in Ranipet and Tirunelveli. Barring Tenkasi, all other districts reported cases. With 143 new cases, Chennai topped the fresh cases table, followed by Coimbatore (49). All other districts reported less than 30 cases and 23 districts reported cases in single digit.

Together, the 11 northern districts had 250 fresh cases and three deaths. This included 215 cases and two deaths in the Chennai region – Chennai, Kancheepuram, Tiruvallur and Chengalpet. While the west reported 120 cases, the ten southern and central districts reported 49 and 44 fresh infections each. The southern districts reported one death.

In the past 24 hours, 495 people were discharged taking the total recoveries in the state to 8,25,520. While Chennai still had 1,551 active cases, Coimbatore came next with 455 infections. Perambalur had five people under treatment, four other districts had less than 20 active cases. While Kallakurichi had nine patients, Ramanathapuram had 10, Tuticorin 12 and Ariyalur 18.

Chennai: City meets only 18% of day’s vaccine target





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