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TN will be the first state to give vaccine to 2-18 year olds after experts’ approval: Health Minister

Tamil Nadu has become the first in the country to administer COVID-19 State Health Minister M Subramaniam said on Wednesday that people in the age group of 2-18 years would be vaccinated.

Subramaniam told reporters in Coimbatore that the Center has made a formal announcement on the vaccine and sent a proposal for an expert opinion, and once Tamil Nadu gets the nod, the state will be the first to administer the vaccine.

An expert panel of the Central Drug Authority has recommended grant of emergency use authorization to Bharat Biotech covaxin For children and adolescents in the age group of 2 to 18 years with certain conditions, sources said on Tuesday. If approved by the Drugs Controller General of India (DCGI), it will be the second Covid-19 vaccine to receive the EUA for use in people under the age of 18, after Zydus Cadila’s needle-free ZyCoV-D.

He said that Tamil Nadu also ranks first in vaccinating pregnant women after the Center announced the scheme for them.

He said that so far more than five lakh such women have been given vaccines. Subramaniam was here to participate in various programs, including at a private educational institution where he organized a campaign to create awareness among the public on ‘No Food Waste’, ‘Hand Wash’ and ‘Re-purpose Used Cooking Oil’. Launched projects.

Subramaniam appreciated the district administration and the health department for the work being done by the administration in converting the used cooking oil into bio-diesel and entering it in the record book. Brazil has set a Guinness record by recycling 550 tonnes of used oil in a month.

Stating that Coimbatore is number one in Tamil Nadu, 93 per cent of the population with the first dose and 37 per cent with the second dose of Covid-19 vaccine, the minister said to reach 100 per cent by door-to-door service, city Five mobile vans were started for five zones of K.K.

He said that more than 5.51 lakh people were vaccinated through five mega camps.

In addition, he inaugurated a Rs 1.5 crore Special Neonatal Care Unit at Coimbatore Medical College and Hospital, exclusively for the treatment of infants weighing less than 1.5 kg.

On the functioning of Amma Clinic, he said that it is a temporary arrangement. Once the DMK government started the door-to-door campaign, there was no need for such clinics and their staff were shifted to health departments.

Replying to a question on NEET, Subramaniam said that Chief Minister MK Stalin has sent a letter to 12 chief ministers stating the need to cancel the exam and it is certain that Tamil Nadu will become an ideal state in scrapping NEET.

On the question of admission in medical colleges, the minister said that the government has taken steps to admit 1,650 students in 11 medical colleges in this academic year. He said that 850 seats have already been allotted, another 800 seats will be allotted once the infrastructure is ready.

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