More than 60% of the eligible population in India is fully vaccinated against Covid-19, according to the Union Ministry of Health. The cumulative doses administered in the country so far as part of the national COVID-19 vaccination campaign have exceeded 139.70 crore, the ministry said.
“Achieve more new achievements! Congratulations to India. Thanks to the public participation and the dedicated efforts of our health workers, over 60% of the eligible population is now fully vaccinated,” the ministry tweeted.
Last week, Union Health Minister Mansukh Mandaviya said up to 86% of India’s eligible population had received the first dose of COVID vaccine and the government wanted the vaccination to be 100% as soon as possible.
The nationwide vaccination campaign was launched on January 16 with health workers (HCWs) vaccinated in the first phase. Vaccination of frontline workers (FLW) began on February 2. The next phase of vaccination began on March 1 for people over 60 and those 45 and over with specified co-morbidities.
The country launched vaccination for all people over the age of 45 from April 1. The government then decided to expand the vaccination campaign by allowing anyone over the age of 18 to be vaccinated from May 1.
Meanwhile, Prime Minister Narendra Modi will hold a meeting on Thursday evening to review the COVID-19 situation in the country amid growing concerns over the spread of the Omicron variant of the coronavirus. Official sources said Prime Minister Modi would provide an update on the pandemic situation across the country. India has recorded more than 250 cases of the Omicron variant of the coronavirus in 16 states and UTs so far, of which 104 people have recovered or have migrated.
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