New Delhi: India’s cumulative COVID-19 vaccination drive crossed 2 billion (200-crore) mark today with over 51% of vaccine doses administered to women. As per provisional reports till 1 pm today, a total of 2,00,00,15,631 doses were administered across the country. This has been achieved through 2,63,26,111 sessions.
India’s nationwide COVID-19 vaccination program was launched on January 16, 2021.
With 71% of Covid Vaccination Centres (CVCs) located in rural areas, India’s National COVID-19 Vaccination Programme also ensured free and voluntary nationwide COVID19 vaccination exercise through initiatives like Har Ghar Dastak, Workplace CVC, School-based vaccination, vaccination of persons with no identity documents, Near-to-Home CVC and Mobile Vaccination Teams.
Despite the decline in COVID cases across the country, consistent efforts were ongoing to vaccinate all eligible citizens, the Union Ministry of Health and Family Welfare stated today. It claimed that this is exemplified by the fact that it took almost 9 months to reach the 100 crore mark and another 9 months to reach the 2 billion vaccination mark since the start of the vaccination drive, with the highest single-day vaccination record of 2.5 crore doses achieved on September 17, 2021.
On July 15, 2022, the Union Government launched a 75-day long ‘COVID Vaccination Amrit Mahotsav’ to provide free precaution doses to all eligible adult populations at Government CVCs. This special drive, part of the celebration for Azadi ka Amrit Mahotsav, is implemented in a ‘mission mode’ to increase uptake of precaution dose of COVID vaccine, the Ministry said. It added that the Union Government is committed to further accelerating the pace and expanding the scope of COVID-19 vaccination throughout the country.
– global bihari bureau