“Congratulations India. It is a moment of great pride as over 50% of the eligible population is now fully vaccinated. We will win the battle against COVID-19 together” Mandaviya said in a tweet.
With the fight against COVID-19 still continuing, the sheer hard work of doctors and health care workers is paying off. Union Health Minister Mansukh Mandaviya said on Sunday as the cumulative vaccine doses administered in the country exceeded 127.61 crore.
According to Union Health Ministry officials, over 84.8 percent of the adult population in India has been administered the first dose.
A glimpse into the vaccination drive in India
With the administration of 1,04,18,707 vaccine doses in a span of 24 hours, the total COVID-19 vaccine doses given in the country has exceeded 127.61 crore, provisional reports released till 7am stated.
The ministry said, this has been achieved through 1,32,44,514 sessions.
How it began
With country wide lockdown declared on 24th March 2020 and the whole world coming to a standstill the discovery of a vaccine ushered in huge relief .
The country wide vaccination drive was rolled out on January 16 with health care workers(HCW) getting inoculated in the first phase.
The vaccination of front line workers (FLW) started from February 2.
The next phase of vaccination commenced from March 1 for people over 60 years of age and those over 45 with specific comorbid conditions.
From 1 April the country launched vaccination for all people aged more than 45 years.
The government finally began the vaccination drive for people 18 years and above from May 1 onwards.
- The nation wide Covid vaccination began with Covishield vaccine, a version of AstraZeneca’s Covid vaccine manufactured by Serum institute of India.
- With the second wave of COVID vaccination drives were ramped up, with the government currently providing door-to-door vaccination with the ‘Har Ghar Dastak’ campaign launched on November 3.
The availability of more vaccines has also helped in this coverage and advanced visibility of vaccine availability.