TRICHY: After taking the second shot of Covaxin on Saturday, Tamil Nadu health minister Dr C Vijayabaskar said that the chances for a second wave of Covid-19 in the state were highly unlikely.
“We are in complete control. The doctors and nurses have become experts in handling Covid-19 patients – both elderly and patients with comorbid conditions. Initially, it was challenging and we panicked but we are relaxed because of the consistent steps taken by the chief minister,” he said at Mahatma Gandhi Memorial Government Hospital (MGMGH).
The health minister was here to take the second shot of Covaxin.
He had taken the first dose in Chennai on January 22. Since he was due for taking the second dose on the twenty-eighth day, the minister visited the hospital and took the vaccine in the presence of state tourism minister Vellamandi N Natarajan, dean of the hospital Dr K Vanitha and others.
“The state vaccinated 3.53 lakh frontline health workers and others till Friday. The state government had 14.85 lakh doses of Covishield and 1.89 lakh doses of Covaxin. Both the vaccines are best as approved by ICMR,” he said.
He said that there was no point in debating over taking the vaccine. “I had no issues after getting my shot. I suggest everyone take the jab as soon as we get the approval from the union government. We hope we will get the permission soon,” he said.
“In the developed countries, even though vaccinations are administered, the cases are increasing. Here, the daily cases reported are below 500. There is a high chance of bringing the number of cases to zero,” he assured.