Chennai: Stressing the importance of getting vaccinated, Tamil Nadu Chief Minister M K Stalin today urged the Collectors to be prepared to meet any situation in the wake of increase in COVID cases in various parts of the country. In his address at a review meeting with the District Collectors through video conferencing from the State Secretariat, he said the biggest weapon to control the virus spread was vaccination.
“Though some vaccinated people are infected by virus, the fatality rate is very less”, he said and told the authorities to ensure that all possible people get their vaccine dose. Stating that 74.75 per cent of the total 6.33 crore population in the State have taken both doses of vaccine, the Chief Minister said 91.5 per cent of people have taken the first dose and 41.66 per cent have been administered the booster dose.
Noting that Tamil Nadu still lagged behind other States in vaccination rate, Stalin said 1.48 crore people were yet to take their second dose and 11.68 lakh people were due to the booster dose. The challenge is to ensure that these people get their due dose of vaccine in the coming weeks, he added. While appealing to the people not to lower guards, he also urged the Collectors to ensure that COVID protocols like wearing of face masks, maintaining social distancing in public places are strictly followed in the wake of spike in cases in States like Delhi, Maharashtra and Uttar Pradesh.