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India Reports 1 Crore COVID-19 Vaccinations, Aims To Cover High Risk Group On Priority

Dr VK Paul, Member (Health), NITI Aayog said, the current public health goal is not to achieve herd immunity but to vaccinate individuals who have an excessive risk of mortality due to COVID-19

India Reports 1 Crore COVID-19 Vaccinations, Aims To Cover High Risk Group On Priority
Highlights
  • India’s Coronavirus vaccination drive began on January 16
  • In just 34 days, India has crossed the 1 crore milestone, succeeded by USA
  • India aims to vaccinate around 22 per cent of the population in 7-8 months

New Delhi: In a little over a month’s time, India has crossed a significant milestone in its fight against the COVID-19 pandemic. According to the Ministry of Health and Family Welfare (MoHFW), as on February 19 (8 AM), India has administered over 1 crore (1,01,88,007) vaccine doses to healthcare and frontline workers. India took 34 days to achieve the feat of 1 crore vaccinations, the second fastest in the world, states the MoHFW. Currently, USA leads the charts with 31 days and United Kingdom (UK) is on number three as it took 56 days to vaccinate 1 crore individuals.

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As per the official data, 1.01 crore vaccine beneficiaries include 62 lakh (62,60,242) healthcare workers who have received the first dose of the vaccine; 6.1 lakh (6,10,899) healthcare workers who have taken the second shot as well; 33 lakh (33,16,866) frontline workers having received the first dose.

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India’s vaccination drive which according to the government is the world’s largest vaccine drive kick started on January 16 with Prime Minister Narendra Modi giving it a green signal. In phase one of the vaccination drive, the priority is to vaccinate one crore healthcare workers. Following this, two crore frontline workers such as state and central Police department, armed forces, municipal workers and others will be vaccinated. After this, around 27 crore people above 50 years of age and less than 50 years with comorbidities will be vaccinated.

On February 2, India initiated vaccination of the frontline workers. The second dose of COVID-19 vaccination started on February 13 for those beneficiaries who have completed 28 days from the time they received the first dose.

In a video shared by the MoHFW, Dr VK Paul, Member (Health), NITI Aayog answered the much asked question – at the current speed of vaccination, how long will it take for India to be fully vaccinated. Dr Paul said,

The public health objective with which the current phase and wave of the vaccination program is rolling out, is to be able to cover 30 crore people who are the most vulnerable in the context of COVID-19 disease in about seven to eight months’ time. This would mean covering about 22 per cent people of India. Once this public health objective has been achieved, further vaccination rollout for the remaining population may be considered based on the situation with regard to the pandemic at that point in time and the anticipation to achieve herd immunity as one of the later goals. But at this point in time, the whole focus is to cover people above the age of 50 years who are proven to a very high level of mortality due to COVID-19 disease.

Herd immunity is a uniform amount of immunity that at least 60 to 70 per cent of the population in a community must develop to slow down the spread of infection. However, according to Dr Paul, the current public health goal is not to achieve herd immunity but to vaccinate individuals who have an excessive risk of mortality due to COVID-19. Currently, the government plans to protect the high risk group.

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NDTV – Dettol Banega Swasth India campaign is an extension of the five-year-old Banega Swachh India initiative helmed by Campaign Ambassador Amitabh Bachchan. It aims to spread awareness about critical health issues facing the country. In wake of the current COVID-19 pandemic, the need for WASH (WaterSanitation and Hygiene) is reaffirmed as handwashing is one of the ways to prevent Coronavirus infection and other diseases. The campaign highlights the importance of nutrition and healthcare for women and children to prevent maternal and child mortality, fight malnutrition, stunting, wasting, anaemia and disease prevention through vaccines. Importance of programmes like Public Distribution System (PDS), Mid-day Meal Scheme, POSHAN Abhiyan and the role of Aganwadis and ASHA workers are also covered. Only a Swachh or clean India where toilets are used and open defecation free (ODF) status achieved as part of the Swachh Bharat Abhiyan launched by Prime Minister Narendra Modi in 2014, can eradicate diseases like diahorrea and become a Swasth or healthy India. The campaign will continue to cover issues like air pollutionwaste managementplastic banmanual scavenging and sanitation workers and menstrual hygiene

World

24,33,49,378Cases
20,48,57,171Active
3,35,48,605Recovered
49,43,602Deaths
Coronavirus has spread to 195 countries. The total confirmed cases worldwide are 24,33,49,378 and 49,43,602 have died; 20,48,57,171 are active cases and 3,35,48,605 have recovered as on October 24, 2021 at 3:48 am.

India

3,41,75,468 15,906Cases
1,72,5941,134Active
3,35,48,605 16,479Recovered
4,54,269 561Deaths
In India, there are 3,41,75,468 confirmed cases including 4,54,269 deaths. The number of active cases is 1,72,594 and 3,35,48,605 have recovered as on October 24, 2021 at 2:30 am.

State Details

State Cases Active Recovered Deaths
Maharashtra

66,01,551 1,701

27,634 113

64,33,919 1,781

1,39,998 33

Kerala

49,06,793 8,909

81,155 335

47,97,409 8,780

28,229 464

Karnataka

29,85,598 371

8,943 23

29,38,653 341

38,002 7

Tamil Nadu

26,94,089 1,140

13,280 251

26,44,805 1,374

36,004 17

Andhra Pradesh

20,63,177 396

5,222 176

20,43,616 566

14,339 6

Uttar Pradesh

17,10,082 13

94 9

16,87,089 4

22,899

West Bengal

15,85,466 974

7,731 154

15,58,690 808

19,045 12

Delhi

14,39,566 40

334 6

14,14,141 46

25,091

Odisha

10,37,964 441

4,152 45

10,25,507 482

8,305 4

Chhattisgarh

10,05,827 28

230 16

9,92,025 12

13,572

Rajasthan

9,54,400 4

32 0

9,45,414 4

8,954

Gujarat

8,26,402 24

168 3

8,16,147 21

10,087

Madhya Pradesh

7,92,740 11

79 1

7,82,138 12

10,523

Haryana

7,71,141 8

115 7

7,60,977 15

10,049

Bihar

7,26,054 9

36 6

7,16,357 3

9,661

Telangana

6,70,139 207

3,984 21

6,62,209 184

3,946 2

Assam

6,08,450 324

3,968 102

5,98,515 219

5,967 3

Punjab

6,02,189 26

231 1

5,85,407 25

16,551

Jharkhand

3,48,592 30

202 19

3,43,255 11

5,135

Uttarakhand

3,43,815 16

169 3

3,36,248 13

7,398

Jammu And Kashmir

3,31,566 72

862 8

3,26,275 80

4,429

Himachal Pradesh

2,22,569 257

1,578 95

2,17,257 161

3,734 1

Goa

1,77,852 33

574 26

1,73,920 58

3,358 1

Puducherry

1,27,674 53

457 3

1,25,362 48

1,855 2

Manipur

1,23,229 122

961 55

1,20,361 67

1,907

Mizoram

1,17,261 572

8,943 693

1,07,911 1,258

407 7

Tripura

84,384 8

101 3

83,467 5

816

Meghalaya

83,322 53

695 3

81,184 56

1,443

Chandigarh

65,321 1

27 1

64,474 2

820

Arunachal Pradesh

55,089 14

142 1

54,667 13

280

Sikkim

31,868 26

195 12

31,279 13

394 1

Nagaland

31,707 18

250 5

30,778 12

679 1

Ladakh

20,899 3

38 2

20,653 5

208

Dadra And Nagar Haveli

10,679

4 0

10,671

4

Lakshadweep

10,365

0 0

10,314

51

Andaman And Nicobar Islands

7,648 2

8 2

7,511

129

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