COVID-19 vaccination for those above 18 years will probably not start on the set date of May 1 in Tamil Nadu due to shortage of vaccines. This situation of vaccine shortage is not specific to Tamil Nadu as neighboring states like Andhra Pradesh and Karnataka have also said they cannot start the drive for this age category due to the same reason.
The Chief Minister had ordered 1.5 crore vaccines. But till now, we don’t know when it will reach or if it will even reach by tomorrow. The news is yet to be disclosed.
Maharashtra and Delhi too have reported similar shortages and said that the respective governments will inform the public once vaccines are fully stocked.
The shortage of vaccines is very inconvenient during this period when the whole country is facing a deadly second wave of the coronavirus pandemic and looking at the current situation a third wave is not unlikely. People are dying without oxygen, ICU and ventilator beds. To combat the situation, the state government has started a Unified Command Centre. Set up at the office of National Health Mission, it will manage bed allocation for critically ill and oxygen dependent patients including those in private hospitals.
Tamil Nadu reported 17,897 new cases of COVID-19 with 107 deaths on Thursday. The number of people in the state currently being treated for COVID-19 is at 1,12,556. Chennai accounted for 5,434 cases while Chengalpattu reported 1,174 new cases. Coimbatore accounted for 1,008 new cases while Tirunelveli reported 849 new corona cases .
With the situation in Tamil Nadu is extremely dangerous and life-threatening, the state government has set night curfew and complete lockdown on Sundays until any further information is conveyed. All cinema theatres, gyms, malls, beauty parlours, salons, spas and big stores remain closed since April 18 when the government passed an order. All tourist spots including beaches were also closed for the public.