Historic achievement….Covid Vaccination in India set to reach 100 crore landmark

After nine months of nationwide inoculation drive, India is set to complete 1 billion or 100 crore Covid vaccination doses which is a historic achievement for the country.  Two-and-a-half months ago, India successfully implemented the ambitious target of Covid vaccination that they had hoped to achieve by December but fortunately it is near to complete prior to the expected time.  

The number of people receiving two doses of vaccine is close to 29 crores and for the successful implementation of the vaccination drive, the State Governments, and the Union Territories have been praised by the central government.

Union Health Minister Mansukh Mandaviya appealed to all those who are eligible to get inoculated without delay and contribute to the “historic” journey. He also tweeted that the country is moving towards the milestone of one billion Covid vaccine nations. The fact that the second dose of the vaccine is given more than the first dose indicates the speed of vaccination in the country.  From October 16 to 29, 1.07 crore people were given the second dose while 81 lakh people received the first dose of the vaccine.

Moreover, around 75 percent of all adults have received the first dose of the vaccine and 31 percent have been administered both doses, according to data. Among the states, Uttar Pradesh has administered the most vaccine doses (above 12 crores), followed by Maharashtra and Gujarat.

Meanwhile, opposition parties have questioned the government over its promise to administer both the doses of the vaccine to the country’s entire adult population by December.

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The Centre has also planned a series of events to mark the 1 billion doses of the Covid-19 vaccine. Hundreds of monuments across the country have been illuminated as part of the Rs 100 crore vaccination drive.  In Kerala, lighting is done at Kannur St. Angelo Fort and Kasargod Bekal Fort.