At least 1,10,85,173 beneficiaries have been vaccinated for Covid-19 through 2,30,888 sessions in the country, according to a provisional report of the Union Health Ministry, as the process of giving the second and the final dose of the vaccine, is underway.
The beneficiaries who have completed 28 days after the first jab are now being given the second dose as well. The DCGI accorded a window of four weeks to six weeks for the second dose.
The total Covid-19 vaccine beneficiaries include 63,91,544 healthcare workers (first dose), 9,60,642 healthcare workers (second dose) and 37,32,987 frontline workers (first dose).
Prime Minister Narendra Modi launched the vaccination drive with healthcare workers getting their first jabs on January 16.
India’s drug regulator has approved two vaccines — Covaxin developed by Hyderabad-based Bharat Biotech and Covishield from the Oxford-AstraZeneca stable being manufactured by the Serum Institute of India (SII) — for emergency use in the country. According to the government, the shots will be offered first to an estimated one crore healthcare workers and around two crore frontline workers and then to persons above 50 years of age followed by persons younger than 50 with associated comorbidities.