India on Sunday reported 2 billion cumulative Covid-19 vaccinations, crossing a global milestone in the ongoing battle against the pandemic. The country has now achieved a record 97 percent first dose coverage, while 90 percent of its adult population has received both doses of the vaccine.
About 4.90 lakh doses were administered on Sunday, with 2,00,03,73,288 cumulative vaccinations taken. The country is currently running a special 75-day vaccination drive in which the third, booster dose is being given free at all government vaccination centers.
Two important features of India’s immunization coverage – which constitute very important steps in addressing vaccine disparities – are firstly, that 74% of immunization centers are set up in rural India and 71% of immunization coverage is reported from rural areas, and secondly, that 51.1% of recipients are women.
“India made history again! Congratulations to all Indians for crossing the special number of 200 crore vaccine doses. Proud of those who have contributed to make India’s immunization campaign unparalleled in scale and speed. It has strengthened the global fight against COVID-19,” Prime Minister Narendra Modi said in a tweet.
Throughout the rollout of the vaccine, the people of India have shown tremendous faith in science. Our doctors, nurses, frontline workers, scientists, inventors and entrepreneurs have played a vital role in ensuring a safer planet. I admire their attitude and determination.
— Narendra Modi (@narendramodi) July 17, 2022
“During the rollout of the vaccine, the people of India have shown tremendous faith in science. Our doctors, nurses, frontline workers, scientists, inventors and entrepreneurs have played a vital role in ensuring a safer planet. I admire their spirit and determination,” Modi said.
India’s immunization campaign – the world’s largest – was launched on January 16, 2021, and coverage was gradually expanded in seven phases based on the principle of prioritizing vulnerable population groups.
Among the priority population, 1 crore healthcare workers received two doses and 60.21 lakh received their warning dose; 1.76 crore frontline workers received two doses and 1.14 crore received the warning dose; 12.15 crore senior recipients above the age of 60 received their two doses and 2.81 crore also received the precautionary shot.
Delhi tops the list of cities with the highest double dose with 1.53 crore jabs, followed by Mumbai (97.30 lakh), Bengaluru Urban (93.46 lakh), Pune (83.69 lakh), and Ahmedabad Corporation Area (49.73 lakh).
On January 3 this year, India also started vaccinating children against Covid-19: 5.01 crore adolescents aged 15-18 years and 2.62 crore adolescents aged 12-14 years have now been fully vaccinated. The medicines regulator has also approved the vaccine for children under 12; However, the government’s expert body is yet to decide on introducing JAB for this age group.
Uttar Pradesh (1.94 crore) topped the list of states that administered the highest number of doses (sequential) to children, followed by Bihar (63.42 lakh), West Bengal (48.39 lakh), Madhya Pradesh (46.24 lakh) and Gujarat (46.24 lakh). 43.49 lakh).
The precautionary dose is currently only given to adults, and is given mainly in major metros. The cities with the highest precautionary doses were Delhi (19.34 lakh), Mumbai (10.33 lakh), Bangalore Urban (9.30 lakh), Kolkata (7.40 lakh), and Pune (7.08 lakh).
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The immunization campaign made use of the strong child immunization infrastructure that already existed in the country. About 2.6 lakh vaccinators and 4.7 lakh immunization team members were involved in the drive and a record 213.51 crore syringes were collected.
The drive witnessed an increase in the existing cold chain for storage and transportation of vaccines: an additional 13,626 ice line refrigerators and 12,461 deep freezers were made available.
17th July 2022, a day to remember forever. #200CroreVaccinations https://t.co/FtobFYBprV
— Dr. Mansukh Mandaviya (@Mansukhmandaviya) July 17, 2022
“Bigger goals, bigger victories! Defying all odds, India under the leadership of PM @NarendraModi Ji has achieved the new milestone of #200CroreVaccinations. A moment to remember forever! The world’s largest vaccination campaign is consistently setting new records,” Union Health Minister Mansukh Mandaviya said in a tweet.