India has administered over 260 million Covid vaccine doses till now
India has administered over 260 million coronavirus vaccine doses by Tuesday, June 15. In a significant move, government experts are considering slashing the gap between the two doses of Covishield, at least for the vulnerable groups, amid more evidence that the second shots were crucial for adequate protection against the virus.
Meanwhile, by Tuesday 7pm, 261,740,273 vaccine doses had been given in India. This includes 10,078,623 healthcare workers who have had their first dose and 6,999,669 who have got their second dose as well. As many as 16,905,708 frontline workers have had their first dose while 8,906,072 have got their second dose too.
In the 45-60-year age group, 77,240,865 people have got their first dose and another 12,193,878 have had their second dose as well. In the 60+ category, 63,264,880 people have been administered their first dose while 20,268,057 have had their second dose as well.
In the 18-45 year age group, 1,313,438 beneficiaries received their first dose of Covid vaccine and 54,375 got their second dose on Tuesday and cumulatively, 44,987,004 of this age group have had their first dose while 895,517 have got their second dose as well across the country.
In all, as many as 2,568,858 vaccine doses were given by the evening. Of this, 2,198,144 beneficiaries were vaccinated with the first dose and 370,714 beneficiaries received their second dose as well.
India on Wednesday reported 62,224 new cases and 2,542 related fatalities, taking the caseload and death toll to 29,633,105 and 379,573 respectively, according to the Union health ministry. This is the ninth consecutive day that the daily cases remained below the 100,000-mark.