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Chief Minister of Tamil Nadu Begins 18+ Vaccine Drive at DICV Plant in Oragadam

Chennai – The Hon’ble Chief Minister of Tamil Nadu, Thiru M.K. Stalin today inaugurated the Vaccination Centre at Daimler India Commercial Vehicles (DICV) manufacturing plant in Oragadam. The event was presided over by the Hon’ble Minister for Rural Industries Thiru. T.M. Anbarasan, the Hon’ble Member of Parliament, Sriperumpudur Thiru T.R. Baalu and the Hon’ble Member of Legislative Assembly, Sriperumbudur Thiru K. Selvaperunthagai. The officials were welcomed to the Vaccination Centre by Mr. Satyakam Arya, MD, and CEO, DICV. The inauguration marks the official start of COVID-19 vaccinations for Tamil Nadu automotive industry workers aged 18-44.  

While DICV has already inoculated almost all employees aged 45 and over, this facility will allow the vaccination drive to be further expanded to the local community, including those under 45. With its modern infrastructure including five vaccination booths, the facility can process up to 250 people a day. Operational every week Monday to Saturday, 9:30 to 17:00, the Centre also has a refreshments area, a post-vaccination lounge, and socially distanced seating capacity for up to 300 people. The company will continue offering the facility as a vaccination centre for as long as necessary.

Mr. Satyakam Arya, MD & CEO, Daimler India Commercial Vehicles said, “Accelerating vaccination efforts is critical to safeguard the community. With support from state government and local partners, DICV’s Vaccination Centre has been designed to ensure faster vaccine administration to those 18 and above. As a people-first organisation, DICV we will continue to ramp up measures to support the nation in its fight against COVID-19.”

Vaccines at the DICV Centre will be administered by private hospital and government health personnel depending on availability. The vaccine registration will be available through the Government’s Co-WIN site: www.cowin.gov.in. Registration is available to 18 years old and above.

Earlier in January 2021, DICV also launched their ‘B+Safe Express’, a specialised reefer truck for transportation of COVID-19 vaccines across India. DICV has also announced plans to give the vaccine free to truck drivers of all brands visiting their plant in Oragadam.