On Tuesday morning, the vaccination drive in Tamil Nadu was suspended from June 2 to June 5 as stocks were set to run out on June 1. The government had expected to receive its consignment of vaccines only by June 6.
Hours after the Tamil Nadu government noted that the state vaccination drive would be suspended due to a shortage of vaccines, about 4.20 lakh doses of Covishield for those above the age of 45 were sent by the Union government to the state. At around 5.30 pm from Pune, 4,20,750 Covishield doses were received in the state, the Tamil Nadu Health Department stated. The vaccines will be stocked at the DMS campus before being distributed to the districts.
Tamil Nadu Health Minister Ma Subramanian had stated that TN had received about 96.18 lakh doses, and 89 lakh had been administered already. “The remaining vaccine doses will be over by today. So, we cannot administer for the next four days (on June 2, 3, 4 and 5).”
However, the new consignment received by the state on Tuesday means that the vaccination drive for those about the age of 45 will be able to continue. Earlier, the consignment from Bharati Biotech was scheduled to reach only on June 6 and the consignment from the Serum Institute of India by June 9.
TNM previously reported that Tamil Nadu was supposed to receive 25 lakh doses from the Union government for the over-18 age group but only received about 13 lakh vaccines. Other districts, such as Thanjavur and Tiruvarur, do not have any availability of vaccines.