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Over 47 lakh doses of COVID-19 vaccines administered today; highest so far

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Over 47 lakh COVID-19 vaccines were administered in India on Monday, according to Union health minister Harsh Vardhan. It is the highest number of jabs administered in a single day in India since the vaccination drive began in January.

Notably, Monday also marks the first day when the revised vaccination guidelines, which make the Centre responsible for the availability of free COVID-19 jabs to all adults, came into force. Over 47.51 lakh vaccine jabs were administered in the country today. The last time India’s single-day vaccine coverage was this high was on April 2 when 42,65,157 doses were administered.

Harsh Vardhan tweeted, “World’s #LargestVaccineDrive blazes ahead, firing on all cylinders. A record-breaking 47 lakh #COVID19Vaccine doses Syringe administered so far on Day 1 of implementation of revised guidelines of our #VaccinationDrive.”

https://twitter.com/drharshvardhan/status/1406922768399040512?s=20

Over 28 cr vaccinated

According to the Union health ministry data till Sunday, over 28 crore doses of the vaccine have been administered so far. It includes 22.87 crore first doses and 5.12 crore second doses. States such as Maharashtra, Gujarat, Rajasthan, West Bengal, Madhya Pradesh, Karnataka and Andhra Pradesh are leading in the country in terms of vaccination.

As far as the 18-44 age group is concerned, 5.59 crore people have taken the first dose of the vaccine while 12.63 lakh have taken their second dose as well. In the age group of 45 and above, 6.47 crore have taken their first dose while 2.11 crore have taken both the first and second dose.

Only 3 vaccines permitted

The Indian regulator has so far allowed only three vaccines for emergency use. It includes Covishield, Covaxin and Sputnik-V. Other foreign vaccine makers such as Pfizer and Moderna were seeking indemnity from any claims arising out of their vaccines in India and the Centre was not ready to provide the same.

PM Modi’s announcement

Prime Minister Narendra Modi had on June 7 announced that the Union government will once again take control of the responsibilities given to states for carrying out vaccination of people in the 18-44 age group. PM Modi, while addressing the nation, had said that the Union government will provide free vaccination to all above 18 years starting June 21.

PM Modi blamed the state governments saying that they had demanded the decentralisation of vaccine procurement, but many of them later understood the difficulties in procuring vaccines in the current scenario and wanted resumption of the previous system in force till April-end.

 

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