Union Health Minister Dr Harsh Vardhan has said that India is administering vaccinations at the fastest rate. “Vaccine doses administered in India in a single day amount to 30-40% of the doses given across the world during the same period,” he said in the Lok Sabha.
Vardhan also informed Parliament’s lower house that over 2.2 crore beneficiaries above 60 years of age were inoculated in a short period since the beginning of the second round in March.
The government had rolled out the first phase of the country-wide vaccination mission from January 16 by vaccinating all healthcare and frontline workers against the disease. It is administering the vaccines to people above 60 years of age and people between 45-59 years of age with specific co-morbidities under the second phase that started from March 1.
According to the Union Ministry of Health and Family Welfare (MoHFW), the cumulative number of Covid-19 vaccine doses administered in the country has crossed 5 crores. According to MoHFW, 5,08,41,286 vaccine doses have been administered through 8,23,046 sessions, as per the provisional report till 7 am today. These include 79,17,521 HCWs (first dose), 50,20,695 HCWs (second dose), 83,62,065 FLWs (first dose) and 30,88,639 FLWs (second dose), 47,01,894 beneficiaries aged more than 45 years with specific co-morbidities (first dose) and 2,17,50,472 beneficiaries aged more than 60 years, it said.
As of day-67 of the vaccination drive (March 23, 2021), 23,46,692 vaccine doses were given. Of the total, 21,00,799 beneficiaries were vaccinated for the first dose and 2,45,893 HCWs and FLWs received the second dose of vaccine. Eight States account for 60% of the cumulative vaccine doses given so far, it added.