Extra allocation for doing well in inoculation, says Minister.
Tamil Nadu has been allocated five lakh additional doses of COVID-19 vaccines this month for performing well in the inoculation programme.
“For July, the State was allotted 72 lakh doses of COVID-19 vaccines. Of these, 17 lakh doses were for private hospitals. We have been getting continuous supply. As the State has been performing well, the Union government has given the nod for supplying five lakh more doses of vaccines this month,” Health Minister Ma. Subramanian said on Wednesday.
He said the total number of vaccines administered was nearing two crore in the State.
As of Tuesday, 1,96,43,859 people had been vaccinated, including 1,83,56,631 at government vaccination centres and 12,87,228 at private hospitals. “As of this morning, we have 6,27,470 doses in hand, and we will be getting 5,42,780 doses during the day. There will be no shortage of vaccines for the next three days,” he said.
The Union government allocates 25% of the vaccines produced to private hospitals.
For July, private hospitals in the State were allotted 17 lakh doses. Of these, only four lakh doses had been administered so far, the Minister said, adding, “We are taking measures to expedite the process to administer the remaining 13 lakh doses to the people.”
The Minister said it was for this purpose that a meeting with private hospitals was held in Coimbatore on Tuesday. A total of 117 hospitals from Coimbatore, Salem, Erode and Tiruppur took part. “The Union government is supplying vaccines for free to the State government which, in turn, is offering them for free to the people. However, private hospitals pay for the 25% vaccines and provide them at a cost. While Covaxin costs ₹1,410, Covishield costs ₹780. People are not showing interest in paying for vaccines at private hospitals,” he said.
This was why the government asked the industries to join hands with private hospitals to procure vaccines using Corporate Social Responsibility funds so that vaccines were available free of cost at private hospitals, he added.
Similar meetings with private hospitals in Chennai, Vellore, Kancheepuram and Tiruvallur would be held in the State capital in two days. Industries would also participate in the meeting.
Meanwhile, Madhya Pradesh Medical Education Minister Vishwas Sarang paid a courtesy call on Mr. Subramanian and later visited the Tamil Nadu Government Multi Super Speciality Hospital at Omandurar Estate.