Tamil Nadu: Authorities in Tamil Nadu’s Nilgiris district have made it compulsory for those wanting to buy liquor from state-run TASMAC outlets to be fully vaccinated against coronavirus. Nilgiris is the first district to come up with such an initiative in Tamil Nadu.
Collector J Innocent Divya said on Thursday that the move was part of a campaign to vaccinate residents.
“We have almost covered 97 per cent of our eligible population. The authorities are indulged in door-to-door vaccination programme. Some people who are alcoholics were not ready to take vaccines because there was this report initially that once you take vaccine you cannot consume alcohol for two or three days. This interrupted our goal of achieving 100 per cent vaccination in the district. So to increase more vaccination coverage, we have come up with this announcement. People who have been administered at least one dose of vaccine can get the liquor from the shop. They just need to show the SRF ID on their phone to the store incharge”, Innocent Divya told
Stating that around 97 per cent of the district’s population was given the vaccine dose for the first or second time, he told reporters that the administration wants all citizens to take a second time as well and decided to take such a step to reach the target.
Aadhar card is also required to be submitted along with vaccination certificate for purchasing liquor at TASMAC outlets.