Thiruvananthapuram: Kerala Health Minister K K Shaylaja and Revenue Minister E Chandrasekharan were among the thousands who received the Covid 19 vaccine in Kerala on Tuesday, March 2.
After receiving the vaccination, Shylaja said that the vaccination drive was going on smoothly in the state. More than four lakh people received vaccination until now, she added.
The Minister pointed out that no one has reported any serious side effects. More than a thousand centers are set up in different districts to administer the vaccine. Apart from this, mass vaccination was organised in Thiruvananthapuram on an experimental basis, she said.
The possibility of more mass vaccination centers will be looked into, the minister said and added that this would help more people to get vaccination at the same time. Everyone should get vaccination as a matter of priority, she said.
The Minister pointed out that Kerala dealt with Covid 19 in a very scientific manner. When other parts reported higher number of Covid 19 related deaths, the death rate was much low in Kerala, she said. The death toll in Kerala is still 0.4 per cent, she added.
She maintained that the state could reduce the death rate, as all the departments were much vigilant.
According to ICMR’s Zero Surveillance Study, the number of cases in Kerala was very low. Caution should be exercised as the risk of contracting the disease is high.
The Chief Minister and other ministers have said that they would take the vaccine in the next few days.
COVID 19 CASES
Kerala on Tuesday, March 2, reported 2938 Covid 19 cases. Thrissur repoertyed the highest of 354 cases followed by Malappuram 344. When Kozhikode recorded 334 Covid19 cases, the Ernakulam reported 306, Kollam 271, Pathanamthitta 238, Kannur 225, Kottayam 217, Thiruvananthapuram 190, Alappuzha 161, Palakkad 99, Kasargod 80, Idukki 62 and Wayanad 57 cases.
One person who came from South Africa tested positive. No one from the UK tested positive. confirmed Kovid-19 in the last 24 hours. The state tested 68,094 samples in the last 24 hours. The test positivity rate stood at 4.31.
With 16 more deaths in the last few days due to Covid 19, the total death toll stood at 4226 till March 2. There are currently 2,05,315 people under surveillance in various districts of the state. Of these, 1,98,311 are under home / institutional quarantine and 7004 in hospitals.