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Tamil Nadu: Shun rumours on Covid vaccine complications: Health minister

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14th January, 2021 11:03 IST
Trichy: Appealing to people not to spread rumours about the efficacy and safety of Covid-19 vaccines, state health minister Dr C Vijayabaskar on Wednesday said that human trials of the vaccine in government hospitals in Tamil Nadu had shown no side effects.

The minister also expressed his willingness to take the shot to allay safety concerns. “I can take it, but I should not as the first phase of vaccination is meant for frontline workers. If it is necessary, I will get the vaccine by taking permission,” he said.

The minister was speaking to reporters after flagging off vehicles carrying Covishield vaccine from the regional vaccine centre in Trichy to neighbouring districts.

“I appeal to everyone not to post any misleading posts with regard to the vaccine on social media. We tested both Covishield and Covaxin in our government hospital. No one being tested on had complications. There is no need to fear about,” he said.

Quoting experts, the minister said that the available vaccine can be used against the latest variant of Covid-19. On the preparedness for January 16, the minister said that the state government was fully prepared to roll out the vaccination in 307 locations in the state on the scheduled day.

The health minister also sought to clarify that no one should be under the impression that the anti-bodies will be developed in the body as soon as the vaccine is taken. “The second dose will be after 28 days after the first dose is administered. The immunity will develop 14 days after the second dose. So, people should be cautious,” he said.

In Trichy, the vaccination will be administered to the frontline workers in eight places – Mahatma Gandhi memorial government hospital (MGMGH), government head quarters hospital in Manapparai, government hospitals in Srirangam, Lalgudi and Musiri, upgraded primary health centres at Inamkulathur and Puthanatham and a urban primary health centre in Ramalinga Nagar in the city.

The health department said that all the frontline workers in government hospitals, primary health centres, private hospitals and anganwadi centres have been enrolled for the vaccination.

Vijayabaskar, state tourism minister Vellamandi N Natarajan, state backward and minorities welfare minister S Valarmathi, Trichy collector S Sivarasu, deputy director of health services (DDHS), Trichy Dr A Subramani and others took part in programme to dispatch 68,800 doses of vaccines that were brought from Chennai.

The officials allotted 17,100 doses to Trichy, 3,800 to Pudukottai, 3,100 to Aranthangi, 5,100 to Perambalur, 3,300 to Ariyalur, 7,800 to Karur, 15,500 to Thanjavur, 6,700 to Tiruvarur and 6,400 to Nagapattinam.

Coimbatore (73,200), Madurai (54,100), Salem (59,800), Cuddalore (25,500), Sivaganga (19,000), Tirunelveli (51,700), Vellore (42,100), were some of the regional vaccine storage centres which received the vaccines on Wednesday.

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