For the first time since the beginning of the vaccination drive, the number of fully vaccinated people has topped the number of partially vaccinated.
As of Tuesday morning, more than 113 crores vaccine doses have been administered in the country, with 67,82,042 vaccine doses administered in the past 24 hours. 38.1 crore people are fully vaccinated, defeating the score of partially vaccinated which stands at 37.4 crores. Official data shows that 54.1% of eligible people have received their first dose, and 26.8% are fully vaccinated. This points towards the completion of the most important stage of the vaccination program in which citizens are getting their second dose to be fully protected from the virus.
This victory has been acquired due to Narendra Modi’s idea of “Jan-bhagidari” and “Whole of Government Approach”, the country’s trust and belief in the government and the current successful ‘Har Ghar Dastak’ campaign which has gotten a massive response from different parts of the country, Union Health Minister Mansukh Mandaviya said on November 17.
“In a significant achievement to the nationwide vaccination coverage for the country, for the first time the number of fully vaccinated individuals has surpassed those who have been administered only a single dose of vaccine,” the Minister said in a statement.
He praised the unified spirit of the country for this success and asked all capable citizens to get vaccinated in a tweet.
“We will win the battle against COVID-19 together,” he stated.
He expressed confidence in the month-long ‘Har Ghar Dastak’ campaign which aims at administering at least one dose to all the adult population and motivating the people who are due to the second jab to take the same. Door-to-door vaccination drives are carried out by healthcare workers all over India with special attention to parts where not even 50% of the eligible population has been immunized. Launched on November 3, this campaign attempts to vaccinate every Indian by the end of this month.
Last month, India vaccinated more than 1 billion of its citizens. India needs a total of 188 crores to cover all of its citizens.
States like Gujarat, Kerala, Andhra Pradesh, Himachal Pradesh, Ladakh, and Jammu & Kashmir have fully vaccinated more than 40% of the population. Uttarakhand and Karnataka as well are about to hit the mark. Delhi, as well, is not too behind. However, Uttar Pradesh and Bihar have to put in more effort as almost half of the population is yet to receive even the first dose.
More than 5 million doses are being administered in the country every day. With the current rate, India has the capability to fully vaccinate its citizens by the end of April 2022.
India recorded 10,351 new Covid cases on Tuesday, the lowest in 274 days. The total reported cases are almost 34.5 million with more than 4.64 lakh deaths caused by it.
The increase in the number of people getting second doses also shows progress in terms of the gap between the two doses. On May 13, the gap between the two doses was widened from 4-8 weeks to 12-16 weeks. This gap had a negative effect on the people getting their second doses., up until now.
The Union Health Minister ensured the people regarding the abundant availability of doses and encouraged them to get their second dose and asked them to motivate others in the community to get both the vaccine doses.
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