The Mega COVID-19 Vaccination Camp organized by Public Health Department of Kottampatti Village in Kottampatti Panchayat Union near Madurai was inaugurated by Minister of Health and Family Welfare Ma. Subramanian here on Sunday .
The Minister of Commercial Taxes and Registration, P. Moorthy, was also present. A total of 83,659 people have been vaccinated against COVID-19 through 3,415 vaccination camps held across the district, according to official data.
Many women over the age of 45 and workers under the Mahatma Gandhi National Rural Employment Guarantee Act (MGNREGA) actively took their vaccine doses in the Kottampatti camp.
Speaking to the media, Mr. Subramanian said that 94.68% and 85.47% of the population had received their first and second dose of vaccination respectively across the state.
“As for Madurai, 86.30% of people over 18 received the first dose of the vaccine while the second dose was administered at 70.60%, which is relatively low compared to other districts in the state,” he said. . He added that steps will be taken to increase the vaccination rate in Madurai.
Further, he said that in Madurai district, 87.7% of people aged 12 to 14 were vaccinated with the first dose and 55.9% of people were vaccinated with the second dose.
The percentage of first dose vaccination for children aged 15-17 years was 89.4 while 74.4% of children received the second dose of the vaccine. Additionally, a total of 65,253 frontline workers and people over the age of 60 have received the booster.
Mr Subramanian noted that there were up to 2,62,910 vaccines in stock in Madurai district and 76,89,040 vaccines in stock at state level.
He reassured that although currently around 2,000 people are testing positive for COVID-19 every day in the state, there have been no casualties in the past few months except two which were due to serious co-morbidities.
Asked about filling vacancies in the Department of Health, he said the interview process and certification checks were underway to fill a total of 4,308 vacancies, including 1,021 doctors, who will be completed from here at the end of September.
Talking about the upcoming AIIMS in Madurai, Mr. Subramanian said that the construction works would start within four to five months.
He also said that Chief Minister MK Stalin intends to adopt the Aam Aadmi Mohalla clinic program which is being implemented in Delhi. Plans were on the anvil to set up similar clinics in the south during the first phase, he said.
District Collector S. Aneesh Sekhar, Director of Public Health TS Selvavinayagam, Deputy Director of Health Services Dr. K. Senthil Kumar, MP Sholavandan A. Venkatesan and other government officials were present.