New Delhi: India achieved a major milestone in its vaccination programme against Covid-19 as the cumulative vaccine doses administered in the country surpassed the 200-crore mark on Sunday. According to the health ministry data, 98 per cent of the adult population has received at least one dose while 90 per cent have been fully vaccinated.
Congratulating the country on achieving the milestone, Prime Minister Narendra Modi tweeted: “India creates history again! Congrats to all Indians on crossing the special figure of 200 crore vaccine doses. Proud of those who contributed to making India’s vaccination drive unparalleled in scale and speed. This has strengthened the global fight against COVID-19.”
The data showed that 82 per cent of adolescents aged 15 to 18 years have also been vaccinated with the first dose since the vaccination for this age group began on January 3 while 68 per cent have got both the first and second dose. Eighty one per cent of those aged 12-14 years have taken the first dose while 56 per cent are fully vaccinated. According to health ministry officials, 71 per cent of the vaccination has taken place in Covid vaccination centres located in rural and 29 per cent in urban areas. Also, 48.9 per cent of the total doses were administered to women while 51.5 per cent in men. According to the data, 0.02 per cent of total vaccine doses administered were given to Others’.
India had crossed the 100 crore vaccination mark on October 21, 2021, nine months after the PM had kicked off the vaccination drive on January 16, 2021. While some experts had said that achieving the next 100 crore vaccine doses would take longer and was a major challenge, India has achieved the second 100 crore vaccinations within nine months as well. India had reached the 150 crore vaccination mark on January 7 this year and 175 crore mark on February 19 this year.