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Only 12.7% of eligible people in TN took a Covid-19 booster shot – The New Indian Express

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CHENNAI: Of those eligible for the Covid-19 booster dose in Tamil Nadu on Saturday, only 12.74% took the vaccine, according to data from the Directorate of Public Health (DPH). Public health experts have stressed the need to educate and prioritize high-risk people, such as those with comorbidities and the elderly, to vaccinate.

According to the data, of the 4,05,63,607 people eligible for the booster dose through August 20, the state has vaccinated only 51,69,261 (12.74 percent). Health experts attribute the snail’s vaccination pace to the public letting its guard down against Covid-19.

Former director of public health Dr K Kolandaswamy said the government should list unvaccinated people and send volunteers door to door to educate people on the importance of taking the booster dose. Although the impact of Covid-19 on most people is mild, concerns have been raised about long-term complications. Thus, people should take the precautionary dose at least to prevent these complications, which could be heart and respiratory problems, he added.

Renowned virologist Dr T Jacob John has said that Covid-19 is going to exist forever, and people should understand this and continue to follow Covid-19 appropriate behavior, such as wearing face masks and receiving booster doses.

People living with HIV, tuberculosis, diabetes, high blood pressure and other comorbidities are at risk. At least two booster doses are needed for these people, and those over 70 are also vulnerable, Dr John said.

Meanwhile, Director of Public Health Dr TS Selvavinayagam said: ‘People are not showing up to get the booster dose. We can only ask. We have sufficient stock. The health department held its 34th mega Covid-19 vaccination camp on Sunday. As of 5:33 p.m., it has vaccinated 11,95,041 people, of whom 1,18,188 have received the first dose and 7,89,389 have received the precautionary dose.

CHENNAI: Of those eligible for the Covid-19 booster dose in Tamil Nadu on Saturday, only 12.74% took the vaccine, according to data from the Directorate of Public Health (DPH). Public health experts have stressed the need to educate and prioritize high-risk people, such as those with comorbidities and the elderly, to vaccinate. According to the data, of the 4,05,63,607 people eligible for the booster dose through August 20, the state has vaccinated only 51,69,261 (12.74 percent). Health experts attribute the snail’s vaccination pace to the public letting its guard down against Covid-19. Former director of public health Dr K Kolandaswamy said the government should list unvaccinated people and send volunteers door to door to educate people on the importance of taking the booster dose. Although the impact of Covid-19 on most people is mild, concerns have been raised about long-term complications. Thus, people should take the precautionary dose at least to prevent these complications, which could be heart and respiratory problems, he added. Renowned virologist Dr T Jacob John has said that Covid-19 is going to exist forever, and people should understand this and continue to follow Covid-19 appropriate behavior, such as wearing face masks and receiving booster doses. People living with HIV, tuberculosis, diabetes, high blood pressure and other comorbidities are at risk. At least two booster doses are needed for these people, and those over 70 are also vulnerable, Dr John said. Meanwhile, Director of Public Health Dr TS Selvavinayagam said: ‘People are not showing up to get the booster dose. We can only ask. We have sufficient stock. The health department held its 34th mega Covid-19 vaccination camp on Sunday. As of 5:33 p.m., it has vaccinated 11,95,041 people, of whom 1,18,188 have received the first dose and 7,89,389 have received the precautionary dose.


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