In a move that is set to bolster the coronavirus inoculation drive, the Tamil Nadu government on Friday said it is planning to commence its free vaccination programme at private health care facilities soon.
The decision was taken in a meeting chaired by Minister for medical and family welfare M Subramanian with hospitals and corporates of Chennai and neighbouring districts.
As per reports, the funds for the free vaccines will come from corporates under the CSR initiative. Those hospitals providing vaccines free of cost would place a board in front of their facility to inform the public of the initiative and enable them to receive the coronavirus jabs, Subramanian said.
The state minister said, “We held discussions with hospitals and corporates from districts like Kancheepuram, Vellore, Tiruvallur and Ranipet. As many as 137 hospital administration took part. The initiative is to ensure that even the poor and downtrodden, as per the advise by Chief Minister M K Stalin, receive the jabs in private healthcare facilities free of charge.”
"We received Rs 2 crore today (from corporates during the meeting)...As and when we receive the funds, the details will be uploaded online,” he added.
Meanwhile, over 43.87 crore vaccine doses have been provided to states and UTs so far through all sources and a further 71,40,000 doses will be provided.