On Monday, Union Health Minister Mansukh Mandaviya announced that 73% of India’s adult population has received the first dosage of the COVID-19 vaccine, bringing the total doses provided across the country to 91 crores. Officials claim that 25 percent of the adult population has received both doses of the vaccination. “A Strong Nation, Rapid Vaccination: India has given the first dose of #COVID19 vaccination to 70% of the population. “Under PM @NarendraModiji, India is breaking new ground in the pandemic fight. In a tweet, the Minister added, “Keep it up India, let us fight Corona.”
The total number of COVID-19 vaccination doses provided in the country as part of the statewide anti-coronavirus vaccination effort surpassed 91 crores. The States and UTs still have more than 5.67 crores (5,67,37,905) balance and unutilized vaccination doses. The average daily doses delivered in a month jumped from 19.69 lakh in May to 39.89 lakh in June, then to 43.41 lakh in July and 59.19 lakh in August, according to government data. In September, the average daily immunization rate was 79.08 lakh.
The immunization program as a measure to protect the country’s most vulnerable populations from COVID-19 is still being assessed and monitored at the highest level, according to the Ministry. The first phase of the nationwide immunization campaign began on January 16, with healthcare workers (HCWs) receiving vaccinations. On February 2, frontline workers (FLWs) began receiving vaccinations. The next phase of COVID-19 vaccination began on March 1 for persons over the age of 60 and those aged 45 and up who have certain co-morbid disorders. From April 1, the country began vaccinating all people above the age of 45. From May 1, the government decided to broaden its vaccination campaign by enabling anyone above the age of 18 to be vaccinated.