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Over 50% of adult population in India now fully vaccinated

The Times of India logo The Times of India 06-12-2021 Sushmi Dey
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NEW DELHI: India has vaccinated more than 50% of its adults with two jabs within 11 months of the launch of its anti-Covid programme. A total of 127.93 crore doses have been administered across the country till Sunday, with over 85% of the 18+ population covered with at least one dose.

The 50% mark is reassuring at a time when cases of Indians bring infected with the Omicron variant are being reported, with suggesting it causes milder infections than earlier Covid-19 variants and vaccines offer the best protection against it.

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The latest 10 crore doses have been administered in just 15 days, according to the Union health ministry. Over 99 lakh shots were given on Saturday.

The Covid vaccination programme was rolled out on January 16 with a focus on health and frontline workers. The second phase began in March, with all senior citizens and those over 45 years age with specific co-morbidities becoming eligible, followed by another expansion in early April to accommodate all adults over 45.

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The next month, the government stepped up its immunisation campaign by allowing anybody above 18 years to be vaccinated. The programme was affected by limited availability of vaccines in May and June but picked up thereafter. The country was severely hit by the second wave in April-May at a time when coverage was low.

The coverage expanded rapidly with Centre bringing in new policy and supporting the industry to rapidly ramp up vaccination production.

Currently, states have a stock of over 21 crore unutilised doses of Covid vaccines with them.

Recently, the Centre again launched an intensive door to door vaccination campaign 'Har Ghar Dastak' aimed at maximising first dose coverage as well as ensuring that those who are due for second dose are vaccinated at the earliest.

The coverage of both first and second dose of Covid vaccine have increased reasonably by 5.9% and 11.7%, respectively till end of November. The campaign started from November 3.

Estimates show only 55% of the world population has received at least one dose of a Covid-19 vaccine so far.

In terms of share of total population fully vaccinated, Singapore has 91.91% fully vaccinated population, whereas Brazil has 63.94%. UK has 68.16% people fully vaccinated, while in the US 59.36% are fully vaccinated. In India, 34.02% people are fully vaccinated, according to Ourworldindata.

However, India accounts for the largest 474.06 million people who are now fully vaccinated, as against the US with 197.07 million, Brazil 136.83 million and the UK where only 46.49 million are fully immunised against Covid 19 so far.

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