New Delhi: India has crossed the milestone of 200 crore (2 billion) COVID vaccination doses on Sunday. The country achieved the feat in 18 months since the first COVID jab was given on January 16, 2021, the Union Health Minsitry informed.
The government officials informed that the policy-level leadership by the central government with initiatives like Make-in-India vaccines helped the country achieve the 200 crore mark where nearly every adult has been fully vaccinated.
Highlighting the efforts of the central government on the COVID vaccination drive, External Affairs Minister S Jaishankar, said, “This vaccination drive has made India more mobile, recharged our industry and service sectors and revived our economic growth.”
According to the Union Health Ministry data, 98 per cent of the adult population has received at least one dose while 90 per cent have been fully vaccinated.
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.
Further the health ministry data shows 71 per cent of the vaccination has taken place in COVID vaccination centres located in rural areas and 29 per cent in urban areas.
“17th July 2022, a day to remember forever. #200CroreVaccinations” Union health minister Mansukh Mandaviya tweeted.
From July 15, the government started a special drive under Azaadi Ka Amrit Mahotsav, to provide free precaution dose for all adults in government centres with an aim to boost coverage of booster shots.
The cumulative Covid vaccine doses administered in the country crossed the 100-crore mark on October 21 last year and 150 crore on January 7 this year.