In three weeks, Tamil Nadu vaccinates 28% of its target, Health News, ET HealthWorld

CHENNAI: A total of 9,084 beneficiaries – 7,120 healthcare providers and 1,964 frontline workers – were vaccinated against Covid-19 on Saturday when the state added 477 fresh cases, 503 recoveries and three deaths to its Covid-19 registry.

The state, in the past three weeks, has vaccinated 1,57,348 healthcare providers, which is 28% of its capacity to vaccinate more than 5.6 lakh health workers. Since February 3, a total of 8,797 frontline workers from the home, revenue and local administration departments have taken the vaccine against 99,386 people who were called in. The tally of the recipients in the state moved to 1,66,130. The state had the capacity to vaccinate 6,60,550 people during this period, but hesitancy kept attendance in vaccine centres low and increased the wastage.

In six health districts there were 25 or fewer recipients. Chennai (1,250) and Coimbatore (1,057) have had the maximum recipients followed by Thanjavur (557). All other districts have vaccinated less than 500 people. Overall, Coimbatore has vaccinated more than 90% of its capacity followed by Nilgiris (59%) and Salem (57%).

The cumulative Covid-19 case tally in TN rose to 8,41,326 and the death toll to 12,382. There were 4,417 active cases.

Perambalur was the only district to report zero cases. Chennai, Cuddalore and Madurai districts reported one death each. Chennai reported 156 cases followed by Coimbatore (65). Among Chennai’s neighbours, Chengalpet reported 36 cases and Tiruvallur 26. All other districts reported 20 or fewer new cases, 23 of them reported a single digit increase.

Together, the northern districts reported 256 cases and two deaths including 230 cases and one death from the Chennai region. The eight western districts reported 119 cases, followed by 62 in the south and 40 in the central zone. The ten southern districts together reported one death.

Active cases were 20 or below in Perambalur (5), Kallakurichi (6), Ramanathapuram (9), Tuticorin (14), Ariyalur (20). There were 1,567 people under treatment in Chennai and 474 of them in Coimbatore. All other districts had less than 300 people under treatment.

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