'Moment of great pride': Half of India's adult population fully vaccinated against Covid

Published on Dec 05, 2021 11:19 AM IST
  • The vaccination coverage in the country has exceeded 127.61 crores as per the provisional reports released by the ministry of health and family welfare on Sunday morning.
A beneficiary receives a dose of Covid-19 vaccine at a drive-in vaccination centre in Thiruvananthapuram.(PTI)
A beneficiary receives a dose of Covid-19 vaccine at a drive-in vaccination centre in Thiruvananthapuram.(PTI)
By | Written by Kunal Gaurav

India’s vaccination drive has achieved another milestone as 50% of the eligible population are now fully vaccinated against coronavirus disease (Covid-19), the Union health ministry said on Sunday. The vaccination coverage in the country has exceeded 127.61 crores as per the provisional reports released by the ministry of health and family welfare on Sunday morning.

“It is a moment of great pride as over 50% of the eligible population are now fully vaccinated,” Union health minister Mansukh Mandviya wrote on Twitter. “We will win the battle against COVID-19 together.”

With the administration of 1,04,18,707 Covid-19 vaccine shots in the last 24 hours, India has achieved the latest milestone through 1,32,44,514 sessions.

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The health ministry said in a statement that the government is committed to accelerating the pace and expanding the scope of vaccination throughout the country.

"The vaccination drive has been ramped up through availability of more vaccines, advance visibility of vaccine availability to States and UTs for enabling better planning by them, and streamlining the vaccine supply chain," it added.

The nationwide Covid vaccination started on January 16 with the Covishield vaccine, a version of AstraZeneca's Covid vaccine manufactured by the Serum Institute of India. The coverage entered a new phase of universalisation in June after the second wave of the Covid pandemic claimed thousands of lives and strained the health infrastructure across the country.

The vaccination milestone came at a time when many countries including India have reported cases of Omicron variant first detected in South Africa.

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