Tamil Nadu: Mandatory vaccination to buy alcohol in TASMAC stores

The government of Tamil Nadu has made vaccination against Covid compulsory for purchasing alcohol at state-owned TASMAC outlets.

State Health Minister Ma Subramanian said on Sunday that a circular would be sent to all collectors in the district to strictly monitor the government’s instructions.

The state crossed the seven crore mark in vaccinations against Covid-19 as 16.05 lakh people received the injections during the 12th mega vaccination campaign held across the state. According to the statement, 78.35% of the eligible population received their first dose of vaccine while 43.86% received the second.

Meanwhile, amid reports of the “Omicron” strain overseas, Chief Minister MP Stalin is reportedly holding a meeting with senior officials today to discuss measures to step up measures to precaution.

In a letter to district officials shared with media on Sunday, Secretary of State for Health J Radhakrishnan stressed that improved surveillance and investigations in the field, the use of face masks, the physical remoteness and hand hygiene remain essential to reduce transmission of the new variant.

Health Minister Subramanian on Monday inspected the genome sequencing laboratory on the campus of the Directorate of Medical and Rural Health Services (DMS) in Chennai. He said 95% of people who tested positive in the state wore the Delta variant. He said instructions had been given to airport authorities to step up testing procedures for passengers arriving from other countries.

He added that officials have been deployed to the state’s four international airports (Chennai, Madurai, Coimbatore and Tiruchirapalli) to personally monitor the screening measures. Subramanian said he would personally visit these airports alongside other officials to provide the necessary instructions.