India’s National COVID Vaccination program completes a year

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One of the biggest vaccination drives across the globe successfully completed a year on January 16, 2022. Marking the 1st anniversary of India’s National COVID Vaccination program, Union Minister of Health and Family Welfare, Dr Mansukh Mandaviya releases commemorative Postal Stamp on COVID-19 Vaccine.

The stamp design features a healthcare worker inoculating a senior citizen with COVID-19 vaccine, along with an image of ‘COVAXIN’ vial. It was stated that this stamp signifies the remarkable work done by the frontline healthcare workers and scientific community across the country in protecting the people against the COVID pandemic.

Speaking on the occasion, Dr. Mansukh Mandaviya, Minister of Health & Family Welfare said, “This is a historic occasion for us as postal stamp is being released on completion of one year of world’s largest COVID-19 vaccination program, which was rolled out in India on 16th January, 2021. Within a span of one year, we have administered more than 156 Crore COVID-19. Our vaccination program is in fact a role model for the global community. It is because of Jan Bhagidari that India was able to achieve this feat”. The minister expressed his gratitude to the Healthcare professionals, scientific community, vaccine manufacturers and all the people for their relentless hardwork and dedication in fighting the Covid Pandemic, stated an official communique.

Highlighting the remarkable efforts of all the stakeholders in our collective fight against COVID-19, the Union Health Minister said “The entire world community is surprised with our efforts in fighting the COVID pandemic. Despite having a high density of population, we have been able to administer more than 156 Crore COVID-19 Vaccine doses. India has encountered various challenges along the journey but it is the resolve and dedication of more than 135 crore people that we could overcome every challenge. Credit goes to our indigenous Research and Development and streamlined Production and Distribution of Vaccines. Amidst the environment of criticism and disbelief, the country gathered its spirits and worked against those who wanted to spread doubts and misinformation against indigenous vaccines and create vaccine hesitancy.”

Dr Mansukh Mandaviya said that “The enormous preparation required with little time has made it an unparalleled journey. Understanding the highly infectious nature of the disease and the need to ensure overall healthcare availability across the country was vital”. India did a strategic re-purposing of existing health infrastructure to ensure that the health systems providing primary healthcare at grassroots levels were strengthened, he added.

Applauding the collective efforts of all, the Union Health Minister said that India’s Vaccine drive is indeed an example of what India can achieve if citizens come together in the spirit of Jan Bhagidari as remarked by the Hon’ble Prime Minister.

India’s India’s cumulative COVID-19 vaccination coverage has gone beyond 157.20 Cr with more than 39 lakh vaccine doses administered in the last 24 hours.

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