Over 342,000 healthcare workers are now protected from the coronavirus infection in India after they got their second and final dose of the vaccine. India began giving the second dose on 13 February, four weeks after vaccinations began. This period has seen a marked decline in new infections, though that trend appears to be breaking in Maharashtra after fresh spikes this week.
The pace of vaccinations is gradually picking up, but government data on the second doses may be of concern. While 786,000 persons had received their first dose in the first five days of the vaccination drive, only 43% of them turned up for the second dose in the five days after 13 February.
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