India’s COVID-19 vaccinations cross 12 cr doses

New Delhi, Apr 18 (DM) The cumulative number of COVID-19 vaccine doses administered in the country has crossed 12 crore on Sunday as part of the world’s largest vaccination drive, the Ministry of Health and Family Welfare said here.

Cumulatively, 12,26,22,590 vaccine doses have been administered through 18,15,325 sessions, as per the provisional report till 0700 hrs this morning, the Ministry said.

These include 91,28,146 Health Care Workers (HCWs) who have taken the 1st dose and 57,08,223 HCWs who have taken the 2nd dose, 1,12,33,415 Front Line Workers (FLWs) (1st dose), 55,10,238 FLWs (2nd dose), 4,55,94,522 1st dose beneficiaries and 38,91,294 2nd dose beneficiaries more than 60 years old and 4,04,74,993 (1st dose) and 10,81,759 (2nd dose) beneficiaries aged 45 to 60 years.

Eight states account for 59.5 per cent of the total doses given so far in the country, the Ministry added.

The four states –Gujarat (1,03,37,448), Maharashtra (1,21,39,453), Rajasthan (1,06,98,771) and Uttar Pradesh (1,07,12,739)– have so far administered more than 1 crore doses each to their population.

Gujarat completed one crore vaccinations on April 16 while the other three states achieved it on April 14.

“India took only 92 days to reach 12 crore vaccinations, the fastest country to do so. It is followed by the US which took 97 days and China (108 days),’ the Ministry said.

‘Over 26 lakh vaccination doses were administered in the last 24 hours,’ the Ministry said. As on Day-92 of the vaccination drive (April 17), 26,84,956 vaccine doses were given. 20,22,599

beneficiaries were vaccinated across 39,998 sessions for 1st dose and 6,62,357 beneficiaries received 2nd dose of vaccine, the Ministry further said.

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