Orders for around 8,000 vaccines have been made through corporate CSR and private hospitals partnership facilitated by the Tamil Nadu government to administer vaccines to the beneficiaries for free.
Though the Union Government has allocated 25% of the vaccine production for the private purchase, due to lack of enthusiasm among people for paid vaccination in the private hospitals only very few have taken up the Covid vaccine in private hospitals, on an average only around 30,000 people opt private hospitals for Covid vaccination.
From May 1st, only 12,87,228 beneficiaries have taken up the vaccine in private hospitals and the state government continues to urge the Union Government to cut down their allocation from 25% to 10 % and increase the allocation for the states.
As the Union Government has not reacted to the request of the state government so far, the Tamil Nadu health department has come up with a strategy to utilise the private allocation by linking the CSR funds it received from the corporates.
As the government has received enough oxygen concentrators, generators, and other Covid related equipment through CSR, the state is now planning to divert the CSR funds for procuring Covid vaccines through private hospitals and offer it free for the beneficiaries.
Coimbatore, Tirupur, Erode, and Karur Districts from this week and in Chennai Trichy from next week.
Explaining the new approach, Health Minister Ma. Subramanian said, the corporates who want to donate their money for procurement of Covid vaccines through their CSR funds can contact the respected District Collectors or District Deputy Health Director and the sponsored vaccination drive will be monitored by the district collector. Times Now