India has crossed a major landmark with administration of more than 28 crore COVID vaccine doses to the beneficiaries so far. The Union Health Ministry has informed that more than 30 lakh 39 thousand vaccine doses were given in the country during the last 24 hours. Out of this, nearly 25 lakh beneficiaries were vaccinated for the 1st dose whereas around five lakh beneficiaries received their 2nd dose of the vaccine. The cumulative figure of vaccine doses administered under the largest vaccination drive in the country now stands at over 28 crore 36 thousand.
The Health Ministry confirmed that so far over four crore 70 lakh doses of the vaccine have been given to people in the age group of 18 to 44 years. Nearly 15 lakh beneficiaries in this age group received their first jabs yesterday whereas over 60 thousand others were given their second dose. The Ministry said, more than 10 lakh beneficiaries in the age group of 18-44 years have already received their first dose of COVID vaccine in the States of Bihar, Jharkhand, Delhi, Gujarat, Haryana, Karnataka, Maharashtra, Madhya Pradesh, Rajasthan, Tamil Nadu, Kerala, Telangana, Uttar Pradesh, Odisha and West Bengal.
So far, nearly 22 crore 80 lakh people in the country have received their first dose of the COVID vaccine whereas nearly five crore 15 lakh have been fully vaccinated with both the required doses. Union Health Ministry said, vaccination is an integral factor of the comprehensive strategy of the Government for containment and management of the pandemic, along with Test, Track, Treat and COVID Appropriate Behaviour. The Liberalised and Accelerated Phase-3 Strategy of COVID-19 vaccination has come into force from 1st of last month. From today, the Centre has started the largest free vaccination campaign in the world where 75 per cent of the total vaccine output cleared by the Central Drug Lab in the country will be supplied completely free of cost to all the States and the Union Territories. Under the new policy, procurement and funding for vaccination at all government facilities in every State and Union Territory to beneficiaries of all age group will be done by the Centre.