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Tamil Nadu government withdraws ordinance on compulsory vaccination against Covid-19 for visiting public places

The Tamil Nadu government on Sunday withdrew its ordinance mandating COVID-19 vaccination for all eligible population in the state, given the drop in new infections. According to the Department of Public Health and Preventive Medicine, although mandatory vaccination notification has been withdrawn, other Covid-19 protocols would continue to be in place.

“In continuation of the reduction of Covid-19 cases in the state and the lifting of all the restrictions that were imposed to prevent COVID-19 by the Government of India, and Tamil Nadu achieving more vaccination coverage of 92% and 75% of the first and second dose respectively, for persons above 18 years of age, it is decided to withdraw the notification issued under the Public Health Act of Tamil Nadu, 1939, reference 9e cited with immediate effect,” he said. The government had issued the order in 2021. With the notice withdrawn, the health department directed authorities to ensure people were encouraged to follow COVID-appropriate behavior, such as maintaining social distancing, wearing face masks, avoiding crowds, and continuing to raise awareness about the important role of vaccination.

“..those eligible to be vaccinated and the respective first, second and booster dose, as applicable, are encouraged to voluntarily come forward to take the doses,” the notification reads. On Saturday, the overall coverage of the first dose of Tamil Nadu for people over 18 was 92.31% while the second dose was 76.85%. The total population coverage stands at 10.51 crores, according to a bulletin.

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