As part of efforts to vaccinate every eligible person in Tamil Nadu’s Nilgiris district, authorities have made it mandatory for those who wish to purchase alcohol from state-run TASMAC outlets to be fully vaccinated. against the coronavirus. Customers will need to produce their vaccination certificates showing they have taken both doses of the Covid vaccine, they said. The move is part of a campaign to vaccinate all residents, district collector Innocent Divya said Thursday.
Stating that nearly 97% of the district population has received the vaccine doses, she said the administration wants all citizens to take the second vaccine and came up with the idea of hitting the target.
In addition to vaccination certificates, customers will also need to present their Aadhaar cards to purchase alcohol at TASMAC outlets.
On the flip side, there has been a lot of reluctance to take the coronavirus vaccine in many parts of India, most of it due to a lack of awareness and understanding of the virus. A similar scenario was seen among the villagers of Ulundurpet in the Kallakurichi district of Tamil Nadu where residents were skeptical about taking the coronavirus vaccine. Sensing the lack of awareness and the reluctance of the inhabitants of his village, R Thambidurai, a social activist from Ulundurpet itself, mobilized to make his villagers aware of the importance of the Covid jab. An idea came to Thambidurai and he decided to start a free donation program for all people who get vaccinated in his village of M Kunnathur.
Thambidurai said he spent the money on the gifts out of his own pocket. In the midst of the second wave of Covid-19, a vaccination campaign was reported near the village on Sunday, but it did not gain momentum initially mainly due to lack of awareness among people. Without proper guidance, the villagers showed no interest in being vaccinated. That’s when Thambidurai, a studio photographer and village activist, decided to reward his villagers for taking the jab. Subsequently, he started giving gifts such as utensils to those who were getting vaccinated, which led to more and more people approaching the camp to be bitten. Eventually, a large number of villagers eagerly came to be vaccinated and received gifts from the social activist. And so, on the second day, an overwhelming number of 94 people were vaccinated.
(With PTI inputs)
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