In a significant achievement, Uttar Pradesh on Wednesday crossed the milestone of administering 10 crore first doses of anti-Covid vaccine, nearly 10 months after the national vaccination programme began on January 16. The state has already administered over 13.53 crore vaccine doses.
Around 68 per cent of the state’s total eligible adult population has received at least one dose, while around 24 per cent are fully immunised.
More than 13,53,77,271 vaccine doses had been administered in the state including 10,00,02,539 first dose and 3,53,74,732 double doses.
Despite being the most populous state, Uttar Pradesh is racing past other Indian states in attempting to mitigate the anticipated third wave of Covid-19 infections through vaccination.
In line with the Chief Minister’s order, the health department is conducting vaccination at war footing, with a focus on the second dose, across the state. CM has already issued directions to expedite the inoculation drive by setting a target of delivering 25 to 30 lakh doses every day in the next two months. Time-to-time mega vaccination campaigns are being held in the state.
The government has adopted the ‘Cluster Model 2.0’ now to improve the second dose coverage in the state. Giving priority to the full vaccination, the work of applying the second dose using the cluster model 2.0 is being done in those villages/localities where the first dose was successfully administered through the cluster model.
The state-wide launch of the cluster model earlier in June for the Covid-19 vaccination drive made the task easy, equitable, and seamless, eliminating crucial roadblocks like transport and the digital divide.