Free swine-flue vaccination will be administered to 25,000 persons in the district at the Annal Gandhi Memorial Government Hospital, said A. Karthikeyan, Dean, K.A.P. Viswanatham Government Medical College.

Speaking to presspersons on the sideline of the inaugural of the administration of vaccines here on Saturday, Dr. Karthikeyan said that those who had enrolled themselves as members of the ‘Dr. Kalaignar Health Insurance Scheme for Life-saving Treatments’ scheme alone would be eligible for the free nasal vaccination.

The vaccination would be administered at Room No. 35 of the Annal Gandhi Memorial Government Hospital here from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. on all days, including Sundays. The State government had sanctioned Rs.15 crore for the vaccination programme, including Rs.22.95 lakh for Tiruchi district.

M.A. Aleem, vice-principal of the college, said that all precautions would be taken before administering the vaccines. It would not be administered to infants aged up to 36 months; persons with acute wheezing; pregnant women and lactation mothers.

K. N. Nehru, State Transport Minister, inaugurated the vaccination programme. T.T. Balsamy, Corporation Commissioner; M. Anbazhagan, Deputy Mayor and S. Pannerselvam, Medical Superintendent were among those who were present.