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India is set for a 100-crore dose today

India is set for a 100-crore dose today

On Thursday, India expects to touch the 100 crores Covid vaccination milestone — including first and second doses. According to provisional data, about 99.70 crore vaccine doses were administered across the country on Wednesday. While 74 percent of the estimated adult population have received the first dose, 31 percent are fully vaccinated.

Union Health Minister Mansukh Mandaviya said in a tweet.

“The country is near to making a vaccine century. To be a part of this golden event, I appeal to citizens who are yet to be vaccinated to get vaccinated immediately. Please contribute to this historic vaccination journey of India,”

According to available data, over 65 percent of the total vaccine doses have been administered in rural areas — an indicator of equity in access to vaccines. In stark contrast, as public health experts have been raising global concerns over vaccine inequity, over 3 percent of people in the low-income country are estimated to have received a single dose. The health ministry asked the state to focus on second dose coverage now.

According to official data, eight states have crossed the 6-crore mark (cumulative vaccinations): Uttar Pradesh (12.08 crore), Maharashtra (9.23 crore), West Bengal (6.82 crores), Gujarat (6.73 crores), Madhya Pradesh (6.67 crores), Bihar (6.30 crore), Karnataka (6.13 crore) and Rajasthan (6.07 crore).

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India launched the vaccination drive on January 16, first for frontline and healthcare workers. On 1st March, the vaccination drive was opened for vulnerable groups — all above 60 years and those above 45 years with comorbidities. This was then changing to all above 45 years on 1st April. And on 1st May, India expanded its vaccination coverage to include all above 18 years.

Meanwhile, the Railways has decided to make public announcements on trains and stations when the 100-crore vaccination milestone is reached. “The 100 crore vaccination landmark is likely to be reached in the morning of 21st October, 2021, between 10 am &12.30 pm,” says a message circulated in zonal railways.

It said.

“It is to be noted that the announcement may be initiated only after reaching the milestone of 100 crore vaccination,”

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