- Cumulative vaccine doses administered crossed 195.67 crore: Health Ministry
- 75% of children in the 12-14 age group have received the first dose
- Health Minister urged the youth to join the fight against COVID
New Delhi: Eighty-nine per cent of the country’s adult population has been fully vaccinated against COVID-19 while over 75 per cent of children in the 12-14 age group have received the first dose, Union Health Minister Mansukh Mandaviya said on Thursday (Jun 16). The cumulative vaccine doses administered in the country have exceeded 195.67 crore, according to the Health Ministry’s provisional reports till 7 am on Thursday. This has been achieved through 2,51,69,966 sessions.
In a tweet, Union Health Minister, Mansukh Mandaviya said,
Congratulations India! With the mantra of ‘Sabka Saath and Sabka Prayas’, India achieves complete vaccination of over 89 per cent of its adult population. The world’s largest vaccination drive continues to create new benchmarks.
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With the mantra of 'Sabka Saath & Sabka Prayas', India achieves complete vaccination of over 89% of its adult population.
The world's largest vaccination drive continues to create new benchmarks.
चरैवेति चरैवेति! pic.twitter.com/4RQGIDWuz4
— Dr Mansukh Mandaviya (@mansukhmandviya) June 15, 2022
A total of 3,661,899 precaution doses of COVID-19 vaccine have been administered to those aged 18-59 years till 7 am, according to the ministry’s data. Also, more than 5.99 crore adolescents in the age group of 15-18 years have been given the first dose.
In another tweet the Health Minister says,
Over 75 per cent of youngsters between the 12-14 age group have received the first dose of COVID-19 vaccine. I urge all my young friends to come forward and join the fight against COVID-19 by getting vaccinated at the earliest!
हिंदुस्तान के बच्चे, नहीं किसी से कच्चे!
Over 75% of youngsters between the 12-14 age group have received the 1st dose of #COVID19 vaccine.
I urge all my young friends to come forward & join the fight against COVID-19 by getting vaccinated at the earliest! pic.twitter.com/l6BuOcJmoi
— Dr Mansukh Mandaviya (@mansukhmandviya) June 15, 2022
The countrywide vaccination drive was rolled out on January 16 last year with healthcare workers getting inoculated in the first phase. Vaccination of frontline workers started from February 2 last year.
The next phase of COVID-19 vaccination commenced on March 1 last year for people over 60 years of age and those aged 45 and above with specified comorbid conditions. Vaccination for all people aged more than 45 years began on April 1 last year.
The government then decided to expand the ambit of the vaccination drive by allowing everyone above 18 years to be inoculated against Covid from May 1 last year. Inoculation of adolescents in the 15-18 age group commenced on January 3.
India began administering precaution doses of vaccines to healthcare and frontline workers and those aged 60 and above with comorbidities from January 10.
The country started inoculating children aged 12-14 from March 16 and also removed the comorbidity clause making all people aged above 60 eligible for the precaution dose of Covid vaccine. India on April 10 began administering precaution doses of COVID-19 vaccines to all aged above 18 years.
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