The pace of COVID-19 vaccinations in Tamil Nadu is slow compared to other major States. So far, the state has inoculated only nine per cent of its seven-crore population with the first dose of the vaccine.
According to reports, Tamil Nadu is at the bottom of the list of states with low vaccination percentage along with UP, Assam, Bihar and Jharkhand.
Tamil Nadu ranks much below states like Gujarat which has vaccinated 20.5% of its population with a single dose and Kerala which has achieved 22.4% coverage. These states have comparable population with Tamil Nadu.
Tamil Nadu could administer only 4.57 lakh doses in the month January and February, however the vaccination rate rose by more than 5 times in March, crossing 28 lakh doses that month and nearly seven times in May, crossing 30 lakh doses, according to the authorities.
Chief Minister MK Stalin has blamed the union government of dispatching more vaccines to BJP-ruled states with lesser population. Though the Centre has denied this.
The state government also accused the Centre of supplying vaccines only according to utilization and not in proportion with the state’s population.
Tamil Nadu now demands two crore doses a month – six lakh doses a day to vaccinate its people, which is creating pressure on the Centre to dispatch more vaccine doses to the southern state.