In a major move to make Kovalam the first 100% vaccinated locality of Chennai, volunteers attached with social trusts have announced biriyani to all who take vaccination and gifts like gold coins, refrigerator, washing machine, 2-wheeler, grinder, mobile phones and saris through a lucky draw from among those vaccinated.
Three welfare trusts — STS foundation, managed by Kovalam youngsters, CN Ramdas champions memorial trust in memory of a late IAS officer Ramdas and 1992 Don Bosco Aluminus group in Chennai — have joined hands together and pooled in Rs50 lakh for the project of total inoculation. The youths and the voluntary organisations in the area have joined together as of the 6,000-odd residents, only 50 had taken the shots.
The voluntary organisations grouped to open a vaccination camp at Kelambakkam Primary Health Centre with 5 medical staff to conduct the inoculation. The Chengalpet administration will provide the vaccines for free.
J Sundar, trustee of STS foundation told IANS, “We opened the camp at Kelambakkam Primary Health centre with the support of the Chengelpet district administration on Saturday and the first day saw 100 people taking vaccinations and 500 have already registered for the coming days.”
He said there was misinformation against the vaccine across these areas and the voluntary organisations had to step in to clear the misconceptions and to create awareness among the public.
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