Data shows that as on July 20, 9.11 lakh people have received both doses of the vaccine. This forms 15 percent of the eligible population ( 59.45 lakh) and 12 percent of total population (78.53 lakh).
In comparison, in Mumbai the corresponding figures of percentage of eligible population and total population vaccinated with both doses is 11 and 8.
Bengaluru is second best after Chennai, with 15 percent of eligible population and 10 percent of total population vaccinated with both doses. Corresponding figures for Delhi and Hyderabad are 10 percent and 7percent and 8 percent and 6 percent respectively. A senior official from Greater Chennai Corporation (GCC) said this was because of dedicated measures taken by the civic body. “Through our tele-counselling centres, we called up those who were due for second dose. Fever survey workers also visited vulnerable citizens to inform them about second dose. Special camps were held for those whose second dose was due,” the official said.
However, in Bengaluru, 60 percent of eligible population has been vaccinated with a single dose, while in Chennai this stands at 45 percent.
Infections diseases expert Dr Subramanian Swaminathan said this shows the level of awareness about vaccination in an urban centre like Chennai. He said that TN government needs to work harder to have a similar number of vaccination in rural parts of the state.
However, Dr Subramanian Swaminathan said that we are nowhere near where we need to be. “We need to go faster. Moreover, there is a sharp drop in the number of people coming to vaccination centres in Chennai. Authorities need to change their approach to vaccination awareness now,” he said.