Home / News / India /  Great milestone for India as 85% of eligible population administered first dose of vaccine: Mandaviya

Union Health Minister Mansukh Mandaviya said on Monday, as the cumulative vaccine doses administered in the country exceeded 127.93 crore, that eighty-five per cent of India's eligible adult population has received the first dose of Covid-19 vaccine.

"Another Day, Another Milestone. 85% of the eligible population inoculated with the first dose of Covid-19 vaccine. With PM NarendraModi ji's mantra of 'Sabka Prayas', India is marching ahead strongly in the fight against Covid-19," Mandaviya said in a tweet.

The minister on Sunday had said that over 50% of India's eligible adult population was now fully vaccinated against Covid-19.

With the administration of 24,55,911 vaccine doses in the last 24 hours, India's Covid-19 vaccination coverage has exceeded 127.93 Cr (1,27,93,09,669) as per provisional reports till 7 am, the health ministry said on Monday morning. This has been achieved through 1,32,86,429 sessions.

The countrywide vaccination drive was rolled out on January 16 with healthcare workers (HCWs) getting inoculated in the first phase. The vaccination of frontline workers (FLWs) started from February 2.

The next phase of Covid-19 vaccination commenced from March 1 for people over 60 years of age and those aged 45 and above with specified comorbid conditions.

The country launched vaccination for all people aged more than 45 years from April 1. The government then decided to expand its vaccination drive by allowing everyone above 18 to be vaccinated from May 1. 

Meanwhile, the States, Union Territories with more than 50% of the adult population fully vaccinated are Andaman Nicobar Islands, Andhra Pradesh, Arunachal Pradesh, Chandigarh, Dadra Nagar Haveli and Daman Diu, Goa, Gujarat, Himachal Pradesh, Kerala, Ladakh, Madhya Pradesh, Uttrakhand, Tripura.

Last week the Union Health Minister and health officials conducted a meeting with states and UTs regarding the "Har Ghar Dastak" campaign and set the targets of 100 per cent first Covid-19 vaccine dose till December 31.

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