India crosses 75 crore mark in Covid-19 vaccination

By Livemint
A health worker inoculates a woman with the jab of the Covid-19 vaccine (AFP)

India had administered over 75 crore anti-Covid doses so far since the launch of the nationwide vaccination drive in January, said Union health minister Mansukh Mandaviya on Monday. 

"With PM Narendra Modi's 'sabka saath, sabka vikas' mantra, the world's biggest vaccination campaign has been relentlessly creating new dimensions. #AzadiKaAmritMahotsav, in the 75th year of independence, the country has crossed 75 crore doses of vaccination," Mandaviya tweeted in Hindi.

At this rate, the country will be able to cover nearly 43% of its population by December. 

The World Health Organisation's regional director Dr Poonam Khetrapal Singh has congratulated India for achieving the milestone. 

“WHO congratulated India for scaling up Covid-19 vaccination at an unprecedented pace. While it took 85 days to administer first 100 million doses, India reached 750 million doses from 650 million in just 13 days," said Singh. 

More than 71 lakh doses were administered on Monday till 7 pm, according to the provisional data available on the Co-WIN portal.

In addition to this, over 57 crore people have been vaccinated with the first dose and more than 18 crore with their second.

The country has also jabbed more than 99% of healthcare workers (HCWs) and frontline workers (FLWs ) with at least one shot of the Covid-19 vaccine.

So far, all adult people in six states and union territories -- Sikkim, Himachal Pradesh, Goa, Dadra and Nagar Haveli, Ladakh and Lakshadweep -- have received at least one dose of the vaccine.

India took 85 days to touch the 10-crore vaccination mark, 45 more days to cross the 20-crore mark and 29 more days to reach 30 crore, Mandaviya said.

The country took 24 days to reach 40 crore from 30 crore doses and then 20 more days to cross the 50-crore vaccination mark on 6 August.

It took 19 more days to go past the 60-crore mark and took only 13 days to reach 70 crore from 60 crore on 7 September.

The countrywide vaccination drive was rolled out on 16 January with healthcare workers getting inoculated in the first phase. Vaccination of frontline workers started from 2 February.

The next phase of the vaccination drive commenced from 1 March for people over 60 years of age and those aged 45 and above with specified co-morbid conditions.

The country launched vaccination for all people aged over 45 years from 1 April. The government then decided to expand the vaccination drive by allowing everyone above 18 to be vaccinated from 1 May.

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