NEW DELHI: Seventy per cent of India’s adult population has been given the first dose of the COVID-19 vaccine, Union Health Minister Mansukh Mandaviya said on Monday, as the total doses given across the country crossed 91 crore.
According to officials, 25% of the adult population has been given both doses of the vaccine.
“Strong Nation, Rapid Vaccination: India has given the first dose of #COVID19 vaccine to 70% of the population.
“Under PM @NarendraModiji, India is scaling new heights in the fight against the pandemic.
Keep it up India, let us fight Corona,” the minister said in a tweet.
The cumulative COVID-19 vaccine doses administered in the country crossed 91 crore on Monday as part of the nationwide anti-coronavirus vaccination campaign.
More than 5.67 crore (5,67,37,905) remaining and unused vaccine doses are still available with the states and union territories.
According to government data, the average daily dose given in a month increased from 19.69 lakh in May to 39.89 lakh in June, then to 43.41 lakh in July and 59.19 lakh in August.
The average daily vaccination in September has been 79.08 lakh per day.
The ministry underlined that the vaccination exercise is being regularly reviewed and monitored at the highest level as a tool to protect the most vulnerable population groups in the country from COVID-19.
The nationwide immunization drive was launched on 16 January with the first phase immunization of health workers (HCWs).
The vaccination of frontline workers (FLWs) began on February 2.
The next phase of COVID-19 vaccination began on March 1 for people above 60 years of age and 45 years and above with specified co-morbid conditions.
The country started vaccination for all people over the age of 45 from 1 April.
The government then decided to expand its vaccination campaign by allowing everyone over the age of 18 to be vaccinated from May 1.