New Delhi 9 March (KNB): With more than 2.3 crore jabs done, India has crossed a landmark in Covid-19 vaccinations since the drive started on 16th of January 2021.
A statement by Ministry of Health and Family Welfare said that as on Day-52 of the vaccination drive (8th March, 2021), 20,19,723 vaccine doses were given.
“Out of which, 17,15,380 beneficiaries were vaccinated across 28,884 sessions for 1st dose (HCWs and FLWs) and 3,04,343HCWs and FLWs received 2nd dose of vaccine,” officials stated.
“More than 2.3 cr (2,30,08,733) vaccine doses have been administered through 4,05,517 sessions, as per the provisional report till 7 am today,” they stated.
These include 70,75,010 HCWs (1st dose), 37,39,478HCWs (2nd dose), 67,92,319FLWs (1st dose) and 3,25,972 FLWs (2nd Dose), 7,01,809 beneficiaries aged more than 45 years with specific co-morbidities (1st Dose) and 43,74,145 beneficiaries aged more than 60 years, officials added.
Furthermore, the statement said that Maharashtra, Kerala, Punjab, Tamil Nadu, Gujarat and Karnataka continue to report a surge in the COVID daily new cases.
“They cumulatively account for 84.04% of the new cases reported in the past 24 hours,” officials stated, adding that 15,388 new cases were registered in the last 24 hours.
“Maharashtra has reported the highest daily new cases at 8,744, followed by Kerala with 1,412 while Punjab reported 1,229 new cases, officials stated.
Pertinent to mention that the vaccination drive in India began on 16 January during which only healthcare workers were getting the jab and later, in February, frontline workers were also included in the drive.
Moreover, on 1st March the second phase of the vaccination drive commenced, in which People above the age of 60 or those above 45 with comorbidities are eligible to take the jab. (KNB)