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Second dose of Covid vaccine overdue for nearly 11 crore people: Center

There are two weeks left for more than 3.38 crore people to be fully vaccinated. (file)

New Delhi:

According to government data, around 11 crore people who have taken the first shot of the COVID-19 vaccine have not affected themselves with the second dose even after the stipulated interval between two doses.

The data showed that over 3.92 crore beneficiaries are in arrears for their second dose by more than six weeks, around 1.57 crore are delayed by four to six weeks, and over 1.50 crore for their second shot by two to four weeks. are overdue for. Covishield or Covaxin.

Also, there are two weeks left for more than 3.38 crore people to be fully vaccinated.

The issue was discussed in a meeting chaired by Union Health Minister Mansukh Mandaviya on Wednesday with health ministers and representatives of all states and union territories. Official sources said they have been asked to focus on such beneficiaries who are overdue for their second dose.

There is a gap of 12 weeks between the first and second doses for Covishield and four weeks for Covaxin. Both doses are required for adequate protection against severe COVID-19 infection and hospitalization.

Uttar Pradesh, Madhya Pradesh, Rajasthan, Maharashtra and Bihar together account for about 49 per cent of the beneficiaries who are late for the second dose of the vaccine.

Sources said that the Union Health Ministry has written to several states and union territories asking them to give priority to the second dose to those beneficiaries who have not affected themselves with the second dose even after the expiry of the prescribed interval between two doses. Is.

More than 76 percent of India’s adult population has received at least one dose of the COVID-19 vaccine, with nine states and union territories giving the first dose to all eligible people.

Lakshadweep, Sikkim, Goa, Ladakh, Andaman and Nicobar Islands, Chandigarh, Himachal Pradesh, Mizoram, Daman and Diu, Arunachal Pradesh, and Jammu and Kashmir.

Health ministry officials said more than 32 per cent of the country’s nearly 94 crore adults have been given both doses, taking the cumulative dose administered so far under the nationwide COVID-19 vaccination campaign to over 103.53 crore in the country. Has been.

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