Chennai: The Tamil Nadu authorities has began inoculation of infants with Pneumococcal conjugate vaccines, Tamil Nadu well being minister Ma Subramanian mentioned on Saturday.
Whereas addressing a press convention right here, the well being minister knowledgeable that the vaccine, which prices about Rs 12,000 at personal hospitals, is being administered in authorities hospitals at no cost.
“The inoculation course of began in Egmore hospital final week. In personal hospitals, the price of this vaccine is Rs 12,000. However it’s free in authorities hospitals. In Egmore youngsters’s hospital, the drive has began for five-year-old infants,” he mentioned.
The well being minister additional knowledgeable that the vaccine could be taken from the sixth week, 14th week and ninth month.
Mother and father will get an SMS from the well being division reminding them to take their doses.
He added,”9,23,000 youngsters want this vaccine and we are going to vaccinate all. The federal government at the moment has about 7,000 vaccines in inventory.”
Talking in regards to the COVID-19 scenario of the neighbouring state of Kerala, Subramanian mentioned, “17,000 constructive COVID-19 instances had been reported in Kerala yesterday regardless of a discount in country-wide instances. The Tamil Nadu Well being division has reviewed the scenario on the TN-Kerala border and elevated vigilance at border examine posts.”
“Now we have additionally elevated consciousness on the border significantly. The Well being secretary and I personally visited the neighboring state border and examined the method,” he added.
The well being minister additional mentioned, “On the info launched by Union Ministry of Well being and Household Welfare, Tamil Nadu has extracted 5.88 lakh further doses from the allotted vaccine doses by lowering wastage.”