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Above 70 L kids in TN to receive polio vaccine


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Chennai, Jan 29: About 70.26 lakh children will be covered in Tamil Nadu during the nation-wide Pulse Polio Immunisation (PPI) campaign to be undertaken on January 31 with preventive measures for COVID-19, the state government said on Friday.
Children aged below five will be administered the polio drops at the immunisation booths from 7 am to 5 pm, according to an official release here.
It urged the people to adhere to the social distancing norms and wear face-masks. Washing hands before starting vaccination with sanitizer or soap with water was mandatory.
The National Immunisation Day (NID), commonly known as Pulse Polio Immunisation programme, wasearlier scheduled for January 17 across the country but rescheduled in view of the COVID-19 vaccination launch a day earlier.
Children immunised recently under the routine immunisation schedule should also be given Polio drops.
All newborn children should be given the drops, the release said. Arrangements have been made to vaccinate the children of migrant labourers during the campaign which will also see the private paediatricians and private hospitals joining the drive, it said.
A total of 43,051 booths have been established in all primary health centres, government hospitals, Integrated Child Development Services (ICDS) centres, noon meal centres, schools and other important places across the state for the vaccination. (IANS)


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