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Milestone! India crosses 2 billion Covid-19 vaccination mark in 18 months

Covid-19 vaccines in India: The data showed that 82 per cent of adolescents aged 15 to 18 years have also been vaccinated with the first dose since the vaccination for this age group began on January 3 while 68 per cent have got both the first and second dose.

Paras Bisht Edited By: Paras Bisht @ParasBisht15 New Delhi Updated on: July 17, 2022 13:03 IST
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Image Source : PTI Health workers administer a dose of the COVID-19 vaccine in Chennai.

Highlights

  • Total COVID-19 vaccine doses administered in India cross 200-crore mark
  • 98% of adult population has received at least one dose while 90% have been fully vaccinated
  • 81% of those aged 12-14 years have taken the first dose while 56% are fully vaccinated

Covid-19 vaccines in India: India achieved a major milestone in its vaccination programme against COVID-19 as the cumulative vaccine doses administered in the country surpassed the 200-crore mark on Sunday. 

According to the health ministry data, 98 per cent of the adult population has received at least one dose while 90 per cent have been fully vaccinated. The data showed that 82 per cent of adolescents aged 15 to 18 years have also been vaccinated with the first dose since the vaccination for this age group began on January 3 while 68 per cent have got both the first and second dose.

Prime Minister Narendra Modi also congratulated the nation on crossing the 200-crore Covid-19 vaccination mark.

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Eighty-one percent of those aged 12-14 years have taken the first dose while 56 per cent are fully vaccinated. According to health ministry officials, 71 per cent of the vaccination has taken place in Covid vaccination centres located in rural and 29 per cent in urban areas. Also, 48.9 per cent of the total doses were administered to women while 51.5 per cent in men. According to the data, 0.02 per cent of total vaccine doses administered were given to ‘Others’.

The countrywide vaccination drive was rolled out on January 16 last year with healthcare workers getting inoculated in the first phase. Vaccination of frontline workers started from February 2 last year. India began administering precaution doses of vaccines to healthcare and frontline workers and those aged 60 and above with comorbidities from January 10. 

The country began inoculating children aged 12-14 from March 16 and also removed the comorbidity clause making all people aged above 60 eligible for the precaution dose of Covid vaccine. India on April 10 began administering precaution doses of COVID-19 vaccines to all aged above 18 years.

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