New Delhi: Helped by the government’s latest push for booster dose coverage, India was set to cross the milestone of 200 crore (2 billion) Covid vaccination doses on Saturday. The country achieved the feat in 18 months since the first Covid jab was given on January 16, 2021.
A total of 199.97 crore doses of Covid vaccine had been administered across the country till 9pm on Saturday. These included over 5.48 crore precaution doses till Saturday. Besides, more than 3.79 crore first dose of the vaccine had been given to children in the 12-14 age group. Over 71% of the doses have been administered in rural areas.
“Witness the history in making! India under PM @NarendraModi Ji’s leadership is all set to achieve the 200-crore Covid-19 vaccination mark! Countdown starts!” Union health minister Mansukh Mandaviya tweeted.
On Saturday, over 25 lakh jabs were given till 8.30pm, including over 18 lakh precaution doses. From July 15, the government started a special drive of free precaution dose for all adults in government centres with an aim to boost coverage of booster shots.
Only China, which claims to have given over 340 crore doses, has administered a higher number of vaccines than India. However, several details about China’s vaccine data aren’t readily available.