COVID-19 Vaccine Rollout: What Were The Learnings From Day 1 and 2 Of Vaccination Drive, An Expert ExplainsWhy was India not able to achieve 100 per cent of the target on Day 1 of the vaccination drive, an expert explains
Highlights
  • India launched immunisation drive against coronavirus on January 16
  • Till Tuesday, India inoculated 2.24 lakh people in the country
  • Government's target for the first day of vaccinatination was 3 lakh people

New Delhi: January 16 in India will always be remembered by the country as it is that day when the country launched the biggest immunisation programme against coronavirus, a virus that infected more than 94 million people globally, of which, 10,558,710 are in India. In the two-days’ time of the vaccination programme, India has immunised around 2.24 lakh people in the country, which according to the government is the highest any country has achieved in this much time around the world.  Over 17,000 people were vaccinated across 553 sites in six states on Day 2 of India’s coronavirus vaccination drive, whereas, on Saturday (Day 1) 1.91 lakh were vaccinated at 3,006 sites across India after Prime Minister Narendra Modi launched the nationwide drive, said the Ministry of Health and Family Welfare.

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As India moves ahead with its immunisation programme, NDTV speaks with Professor Vijay Raghavan, Principal Scientific Advisor to the Government & and Co-Chairperson for COVID-19 Development & Research Task Force to know more about the COVID-19 immunisation drive, its targets and learnings from the first and second day of the drive.

Highlighting the concerns from day 1 of the vaccination drive in India and why the country was not able to achieve the 100 per cent of what was targeted by the government, Professor Raghavan said,

We must keep in mind the extraordinary diversity of our country; this is a large country and there are many kinds of situations that the vaccination sites in our country have to deal with. And at the other end, we have to see people who have been allotted time and location are present irrespective of their duties. Keeping all these things in mind, achieving 64 per cent of the target, I think, is extraordinary and we will keep on progressing and the coverage will be very good.

Explaining about the system of the vaccination drive and what happens if people doesn’t turn up on the day they have been allotted for the vaccination, Professor Raghavan said,

It is simple and part of the CoWIN app, if people, by any chance are unable to come for their vaccination, they will have to go back to the app and tell that they couldn’t come for their vaccination, then they will get another slot. And these are the things that will happen as we go along, we will have to see people’s convince, their availability and time.

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The government has said that all major states in India will vaccinate any four days for a week and smaller states and Union Territories like Goa will vaccinate for only two days. Uttar Pradesh is an exception and will also vaccinate for only two days a week. Talking about on what basis have the government come to this decision, Professor Raghavan said,

This will keep on changing as the vaccination programme progresses in India. There are very close interactions everyday with the Union Health Ministry and the Health Ministry of different states. For now, this has been arrived at because it is feasible and will take place in a correct manner, as we move ahead, this will change.

About the distribution of vaccines and where does India now stand, Professor Vijay Raghavan said that distribution has multiple layers to it. He added,

It starts right from the factory, then is distributed to a larger and smaller warehouse, then states and districts before it finally reaches the vaccine supply chain. This whole distribution process has been tested several times in the last few weeks as a part of dry-runs, so I don’t think distribution will be a critical issue in the coming months. There will always be a situation where demand in some places will be high as compared to the supply, but then there is are feedback mechanism in place to make sure that no vial goes waste in the whole process.

Speaking about adverse events falling immunisation, was India in the range of acceptability of the events reported on day 1 and 2 of the drive, Professor Vijay Raghavan added,

There are two broad categories in which we can put the adverse events in – one is those which are matter of concerns and others is something serious, which remains for a longer duration. The latter category of adverse events after immunisation, which potentially needs to be looked at deeply in India, for now, is very very low. And it is too early to comment on the numbers but most of the numbers we saw in India, fell in the category of events not of significant concerns.

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Professor Vijay Raghavan also said that people should not be worried about the vaccination and should get their jab when asked. He added,  

We need to understand that there are three components that affect this virus – one is what we do – the people or society by wearing a mask, maintaining social distancing and washing hands, this can stop the virus enormously. The second is what the virus does – it changes regularly and it can become worse or better, so scientists need to watch out for that and prevent the virus from increasing. The third component is are the tools which affect the virus in extreme ways like vaccines. So, the faster and widely we use this tool, the virus’s opportunity to change become less and less. So, when one is asked to go for their vaccination, one should go for it without any second thoughts.

Talking about when the vaccination drive would go beyond the frontline workers and reach other people, Professor Vijay Raghavan said,

The analysis for covering the first phase of people that includes our frontline workers, people above the age of 50-years of age and those with comorbidities that is roughly around 30 crore people is that it will be substantially covered in seven to eight months. On day 1 of our vaccination programme, our target was to cover 3 lakh people, but we could achieve 64 per cent of it, which is 1.91 lakh people. So, I don’t think, we should focus on what has happened on day 1 of the vaccination programme and understand that this rate will double over the period of time as the logistic supply chain gets better oiled and gets better from each day’s experience. We will see a rapid completion of the first phase and then the other phase will get started in the country, this is the plan for now.

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World

11,29,83,901Cases
4,67,54,489Active
6,37,22,948Recovered
25,06,464Deaths
Coronavirus has spread to 192 countries. The total confirmed cases worldwide are 11,29,83,901 and 25,06,464 have died; 4,67,54,489 are active cases and 6,37,22,948 have recovered as on February 26, 2021 at 3:39 am.

India

1,10,63,491 16577Cases
1,55,986 4278Active
1,07,50,680 12179Recovered
1,56,825 120Deaths
In India, there are 1,10,63,491 confirmed cases including 1,56,825 deaths. The number of active cases is 1,55,986 and 1,07,50,680 have recovered as on February 26, 2021 at 2:30 am.

State & District Details

State Cases Active Recovered Deaths
DistrictCases
Mumbai45,478
Thane13,660
Pune9,920
Mumbai Suburban5,363
Aurangabad1,974
Nashik1,575
Raigad1,462
Palghar1,421
Solapur1,291
Jalgaon1,039
Akola757
Nagpur692
Kolhapur646
Satara629
Ratnagiri350
Amravati291
Dhule228
Hingoli208
Jalna201
Ahmednagar190
Nanded176
Yavatmal150
Sangli145
Latur139
Osmanabad125
Sindhudurg114
Buldhana88
Parbhani78
gondia69
Beed54
Nandurbar42
Gadchiroli42
Bhandara41
Chandrapur32
Washim13
Wardha11

21,29,821 8,702

65,461 4,902

20,12,367 3,744

51,993 56

DistrictCases
Kannur357
Kasaragod333
Palakkad224
Malappuram119
Kollam118
Thrissur106
Thiruvananthapuram104
Pathanamthitta98
Kozhikode90
Alappuzha76
Kottayam73
Ernakulam60
Idukki40
Wayanad36

10,48,686 3,677

52,164 989

9,92,372 4,652

4,150 14

DistrictCases
Udupi1,176
Kalaburagi669
Yadgir538
Bengaluru Urban529
Raichur369
Mandya346
Belagavi337
Bidar219
Hassan205
Davangere204
Vijayapura201
Dakshina Kannada179
Chikkaballapura149
Mysuru107
Bagalkote103
Uttara Kannada95
Shivamogga67
Dharwad61
Ballari60
Gadag45
Bengaluru Rural40
Tumakuru36
Kolar29
Haveri24
Chikkamagaluru19
Chitradurga14
Koppal5
Kodagu4
Ramanagara3
Chamarajanagara0

9,49,636 453

5,595 501

9,31,725 947

12,316 7

DistrictCases
Kurnool795
Krishna557
Guntur511
Anantapur428
East Godavari356
Chittoor319
Sri Potti Sriramulu Nell*296
Y.S.R.205
West Godavari199
Srikakulam183
Prakasam104
Visakhapatnam103
Vizianagaram23

8,89,585 82

611 8

8,81,806 74

7,168

DistrictCases
Chennai23,324
Chengalpattu1,314
Thiruvallur774
Villupuram509
Kanchipuram503
Tiruvannamalai496
Cuddalore477
Ariyalur444
Tirunelveli433
Tuticorin333
Kallakurichi324
Madurai322
Salem258
Coimbatore188
Virudhunagar185
Dindigul175
Perambalur133
Ranipet133
Thanjavur130
Theni129
Tiruchirappalli119
Ramanathapuram119
Tiruppur116
Kanniyakumari110
Tenkasi103
Nagapattinam99
Karur88
Namakkal83
Erode75
Vellore71
Thiruvarur67
Pudukkottai53
Sivaganga46
Tirupathur45
Krishnagiri43
The Nilgiris17
Dharmapuri15

8,50,096 467

4,053 9

8,33,560 471

12,483 5

DistrictCases
North West5,463
Central4,817
West4,768
New Delhi3,405
North3,059
East2,472
South East2,446
South West2,391
South2,329
North East1,914
Shahdara1,580

6,38,593 220

1,169 32

6,26,519 188

10,905

DistrictCases
Gautam Buddha Nagar1,119
Agra933
Ghaziabad794
Meerut504
Lucknow386
Saharanpur298
Kanpur Nagar286
Moradabad252
Varanasi243
Hapur225
Aligarh215
Basti214
Amethi206
Rampur203
Jaunpur194
Firozabad190
Barabanki168
Gorakhpur166
Bulandshahr166
Siddharth Nagar159
Ghazipur159
Bijnor157
Deoria143
Azamgarh138
Sant Kabeer Nagar132
Mathura129
Ayodhya120
Muzaffarnagar117
Sambhal116
Sultanpur97
Ambedkar Nagar92
Maharajganj85
Amroha80
Rae Bareli78
Bahraich73
Kheri72
Kannauj69
Baghpat68
Kushi Nagar67
Bhadohi60
Ballia60
Gonda59
Etah52
Hardoi49
Balrampur49
Mau48
Mainpuri46
Etawah46
Hathras43
Unnao42
Jalaun41
Jhansi41
Shamli40
Chandauli38
Auraiya37
Farrukhabad36
Sitapur32
Prayagraj30
Banda27
Shahjahanpur25
Shravasti23
Budaun23
Mirzapur22
Bareilly17
Kasganj16
Pratapgarh15
Pilibhit15
Sonbhadra10
Kaushambi6
Kanpur Dehat4
Chitrakoot4
Lalitpur3
Hamirpur3
Mahoba3
Fatehpur3

6,03,232 129

2,182 8

5,92,327 135

8,723 2

DistrictCases
Kolkata2,777
Howrah1,435
24 Paraganas North1,031
Hooghly604
24 Paraganas South281
Maldah235
Dinajpur Uttar216
Coochbehar210
Birbhum206
Medinipur West159
Medinipur East153
Nadia139
Purba Bardhaman130
Murshidabad125
Bankura116
Darjeeling97
Jalpaiguri88
Paschim Bardhaman70
Purulia66
Dinajpur Dakshin50
Alipurduar39
Kalimpong18
Jhargram9

5,74,500 199

3,353 24

5,60,887 219

10,260 4

DistrictCases
Ganjam581
Jajapur322
Khordha238
Baleshwar190
Kendrapara164
Cuttack155
Bhadrak137
Balangir129
Puri103
Sundargarh102
Jagatsinghapur91
Nayagarh86
Mayurbhanj73
Nuapada69
Gajapati61
Dhenkanal36
Boudh34
Kendujhar34
Deogarh33
Kalahandi33
Sonepur29
Kandhamal28
Anugul26
Malkangiri20
Bargarh16
Koraput16
Sambalpur16
Jharsuguda8
Nabarangpur2
Rayagada2

3,36,924 89

609 21

3,34,400 67

1,915 1

DistrictCases
Jaipur2,177
Jodhpur1,748
Udaipur724
Bharatpur563
Kota503
Nagaur500
Ajmer379
Dungarpur374
Pali352
Jhalawar329
Bhilwara250
Sikar231
Chittorgarh188
Tonk171
Jalore164
Rajsamand140
Sirohi130
Bikaner112
Banswara91
Alwar90
Churu81
Jhunjhunu64
Dausa61
Dholpur60
Baran59
Jaisalmer53
Barmer34
Hanumangarh31
SawaiMadhopur26
Karauli17
Pratapgarh14
Ganganagar8
Bundi5

3,19,929 128

1,208 4

3,15,936 124

2,785

DistrictCases
Bilaspur100
Korba100
Mungeli87
Baloda Bazar85
Jashpur77
Janjgir-Champa56
Mahasamund54
Rajnandgaon52
Kabirdham52
Raigarh47
Raipur46
Balod41
Korea39
Durg31
Bemetara21
Kanker19
Balrampur17
Surguja14
Gariyaband10
Surajpur9
Dhamtari6
Bijapur2
Bastar2
Dantewada0
Kondagaon0
Narayanpur0
Sukma0

3,11,900 220

2,865 46

3,05,214 258

3,821 8

DistrictCases
Hyderabad2,475
Ranga Reddy183
Suryapet87
Jagitial77
Nizamabad76
MedchalMalkajgiri75
Mancherial43
YadadriBhuvanagiri40
Jogulamba Gadwal40
Vikarabad40
Nalgonda33
Warangal Urban32
Mahabubnagar30
Sangareddy26
Khammam26
Adilabad22
Nirmal21
Karimnagar17
RajannaSircilla16
Medak11
Kamareddy11
Mahabubabad10
Jayashankar Bhupalapally9
Nagarkurnool8
Kumuram Bheem Asifabad8
Jangoan8
Siddipet7
Peddapalli5
Bhadradri Kothagudem5
Warangal Rural4
Mulugu3
Narayanpet3
Wanaparthy1

2,98,453 189

1,910 58

2,94,911 129

1,632 2

DistrictCases
Gurugram2,950
Faridabad867
Sonipat404
Rohtak145
Palwal120
Jhajjar114
Karnal104
Hisar98
Ambala93
Panipat78
Nuh68
Bhiwani60
Rewari56
Kurukshetra55
Sirsa50
Kaithal48
Mahendragarh47
CharkiDadri43
Panchkula39
Fatehabad38
Jind38
Yamunanagar19

2,70,263 166

1,054 99

2,66,166 67

3,043

DistrictCases
Ahmadabad17,125
Surat2,311
Vadodara1,555
Gandhinagar410
Mahesana159
Banas Kantha147
Bhavnagar146
Rajkot135
Arvalli134
Mahisagar125
Anand107
PanchMahals107
Patan105
SabarKantha101
Kachchh99
Kheda98
Jamnagar63
Bharuch56
Botad55
Surendranagar55
Valsad47
GirSomnath45
Dohad43
Chhotaudepur37
Naysari35
Junagadh31
Narmada25
DevbhumiDwarka22
Amreli16
Porbandar11
Tapi6
Dang5
Morbi4

2,68,571 424

1,991 122

2,62,172 301

4,408 1

DistrictCases
Patna279
Bhagalpur266
Rohtas256
Khagaria253
Begusarai243
Madhubani199
Munger188
Jehanabad178
Katihar175
Darbhanga143
Samastipur139
Siwan139
PurbiChamparan138
Purnia135
Banka134
Buxar134
Nalanda123
Gopalganj123
Nawada122
Sheikhpura118
Gaya115
Kaimur (bhabua)105
Bhojpur103
Saran101
Muzaffarpur96
Saharsa88
Supaul87
Vaishali87
Madhepura82
Kishanganj75
Aurangabad75
Sitamarhi73
Lakhisarai72
Araria68
Pashchim Champaran57
Arwal52
Jamui47
Sheohar20

2,62,418 61

478 31

2,60,401 91

1,539 1

DistrictCases
Indore3,839
Bhopal1,880
Ujjain799
Burhanpur351
Neemuch319
Jabalpur276
East Nimar266
Sagar228
Gwalior211
Khargone196
Dewas140
Dhar132
Mandsaur112
Morena109
Bhind87
Raisen71
Barwani60
Ratlam51
Rewa39
Shajapur39
Hoshangabad37
Vidisha37
Chhatarpur35
Betul35
Rajgarh31
Dindori29
Sheopur26
Damoh26
Satna24
Anuppur22
Panna20
Tikamgarh18
Sidhi17
Narsinghpur17
Chhindwara16
Agar Malwa15
Mandla15
Shivpuri15
Jhabua14
Shandol14
Singrauli13
Ashoknagar13
Datia12
Sehore12
Umaria10
Balaghat9
Guna8
Harda4
Alirajpur3
Katni3
Seoni2
Niwari0

2,60,681 368

2,435 165

2,54,387 201

3,859 2

DistrictCases
Kamrup Metro276
Golaghat203
Nagaon143
Hojai89
Dima Hasao86
Karimganj85
Tinsukia84
Cachar80
Dibrugarh61
Hailakandi57
Lakhimpur57
Marigaon50
Dhemaji47
Kamrup42
Kokrajhar37
Dhubri30
Charaideo29
Barpeta28
Udalguri28
Sonitpur27
Jorhat24
Nalbari23
Darrang20
Sivasagar20
Goalpara19
Biswanath16
Baksa14
KarbiAnglong13
Bongaigaon12
Chirang6
West KarbiAnglong5
South SalmaraMancachar4
Majuli2

2,17,484 30

1,623 17

2,14,770 13

1,091

DistrictCases
Amritsar485
Jalandhar297
Ludhiana293
Tarn Taran163
Gurdaspur154
Hoshiarpur140
S.A.S Nagar137
Patiala132
Sangrur107
Shahid Bhagat Singh Nagar (Nawanshahr)99
Pathankot86
Rupnagar (Ropar)74
Faridkot74
Sri Muktsar Sahib71
Moga65
Bathinda60
Fatehgarh Sahib57
Fazilka53
Firozepur50
Kapurthala44
Mansa31
Barnala25

1,80,382 563

3,870 272

1,70,713 278

5,799 13

DistrictCases
Anantnag395
Srinagar300
Kulgam295
Baramulla271
Shopian255
Kupwara231
Bandipora175
Udhampur155
Ramban151
Jammu138
Budgam110
Pulwama108
Kathua53
Rajouri39
Ganderbal37
Poonch35
Doda27
Reasi26
Samba25
Kishtwar10
Mirpur0
Muzaffarabad0

1,26,201 108

820 49

1,23,426 59

1,955

DistrictCases
East Singhbum170
Ranchi148
Hazaribagh110
Garhwa80
Ramgarh75
Koderma58
Simdega48
Dhanbad32
Gumla28
Palamu27
West Singhbhum21
SaraikelaKharsawan20
Giridih19
Bokaro16
Latehar14
Khunti10
Lohardaga8
Deoghar5
Dumka5
Pakur4
Jamtara2
Godda2
Chatra1
Sahebganj0

1,19,795 76

467 36

1,18,241 40

1,087

DistrictCases
Dehradun370
Nainital323
Tehri Garhwal110
Haridwar94
Udam Singh Nagar83
Almora71
Champawat45
Pithoragarh43
Chamoli36
PauriGarhwal36
Bageshwar31
Rudraprayag30
Uttar Kashi24

97,031

491 0

94,850

1,690

DistrictCases
Hamirpur117
Kangra105
Una41
Solan32
Chamba29
Bilaspur21
Mandi21
Sirmaur11
Shimla10
Kullu4
Kinnaur2
Lahaul And Spiti0

58,499 42

244 15

57,260 27

995

DistrictCases
South Goa69
North Goa57

54,771 71

531 36

53,449 33

791 2

DistrictCases
Pondicherry111
Mahe4
Karaikal2
Yanam0

39,677 21

196 7

38,814 13

667 1

DistrictCases
Dhalai196
Sepahijala174
Gomati74
South Tripura53
Unakoti49
West Tripura45
Khowai24
North Tripura14

33,407 7

32 7

32,984

391

DistrictCases
Churachandpur32
Kangpokpi26
Imphal West21
Thoubal18
Imphal East10
Tengnoupal9
Bishnupur7
Senapati6
Chandel5
Kamjong5
Ukhrul4
Jiribam3
Pherzawl3
Kakching2
Tamenglong2
Noney1

29,253 3

40 1

28,840 4

373

DistrictCases
Chandigarh313

21,590 49

279 29

20,960 20

351

DistrictCases
Changlang31
Papum Pare8
Lohit3
Namsai2
West Siang1
East Siang1
Upper Siang1
Tawang1
PakkeKessang1
West Kameng0
Upper Subansiri0
Tirap0
Siang0
Shi Yomi0
Anjaw0
Lower Subansiri0
Lower Dibang Valley0
Longding0
Leparada0
KurungKumey0
KraDaadi0
Kamle0
East Kameng0
Dibang Valley0
Lower Siang0

16,836

3 1

16,777 1

56

DistrictCases
East Khasi Hills22
West Garo Hills5
South West Garo Hills4
North Garo Hills1
West Jaintia Hills1
West Khasi Hills1
East Garo Hills0
East Jaintia Hills0
Ribhoi0
South Garo Hills0
South West Khasi Hills0

13,961 3

20 2

13,793 1

148

DistrictCases
Dimapur20
Mon8
Kohima7
Kiphire3
Tuensang3
Peren2
Phek1
Longleng0
Mokokchung0
Wokha0
Zunheboto0

12,198 6

13 5

12,094 1

91

DistrictCases
Kargil77
LehLadakh43

9,814 7

56 3

9,628 4

130

DistrictCases
East District3
South District3
North District0
West District0

6,133 1

43 4

5,955 5

135

DistrictCases
South Andamans33
Nicobars1
North And Middle Andaman1

5,016

2 2

4,952 2

62

DistrictCases
Kolasib11
Aizawl10
Mamit8
Lawngtlai2
Lunglei2
Saitual1
Champhai0
Hnahthial0
Khawzawl0
Saiha0
Serchhip0

4,419 6

27 4

4,382 2

10

DistrictCases
Dadra And Nagar Haveli20

3,405 1

5 1

3,398

2

DistrictCases
Lakshadweep District0

331 9

86 0

244 8

1 1

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