Even though the officials gave multiple directives to maintain a queue and follow Covid-appropriate behaviours, people did not seem to pay any attention. (Representational image)

Even though the officials gave multiple directives to maintain a queue and follow Covid-appropriate behaviours, people did not seem to pay any attention. (Representational image)

Villagers flout Covid-19 norms to get tokens for vaccine in Coimbatore

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Due to the short supply of vaccines, people in this region were waiting for long to get inoculated. Thus, when fresh doses arrived hundreds of people thronged to the vaccination centres.

Even though the officials gave multiple directives to maintain a queue and follow Covid-appropriate behaviours, people did not seem to pay any attention. (Representational image)
Even though the officials gave multiple directives to maintain a queue and follow Covid-appropriate behaviours, people did not seem to pay any attention. (Representational image)

At Periyanayakapalayam in Tamil Nadu’s Coimbatore, hundreds of villagers flouted the pandemic protocols to gather outside a Covid-19 vaccination centre for the jab.

Due to the short supply of Covid-19 vaccines, people in this region had been waiting for a long time to get inoculated.

On Thursday, as fresh doses reached Thippanur, Periyanaickenpalayam block, hundreds of people thronged to the vaccination centres without following any social distancing norms.

Even though the officials gave multiple directives to maintain a queue and follow Covid-appropriate behaviours, people did not seem to pay any attention as they pushed and squeezed their way to get hold of the tokens. The rush was aggravated further as only 250 tokens were distributed.

The Tamil Nadu government has been demanding more supplies of Covid-19 vaccines for the state. Last week, Chief Minister MK Stalin had even requested Prime Minister Narendra Modi to allot 1 crore doses for the state on an urgent basis.

Tamil Nadu has the capacity to administer vaccines to close to 3 lakh people per day.


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