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

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
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India Reports 1 Crore COVID-19 Vaccinations, Aims To Cover High Risk Group On PriorityIn phase 1 of India’s coronavirus vaccination drive, healthcare workers are prioritised
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

19,59,54,660Cases
6,30,45,359Active
12,87,22,004Recovered
41,87,297Deaths
Coronavirus has spread to 194 countries. The total confirmed cases worldwide are 19,59,54,660 and 41,87,297 have died; 6,30,45,359 are active cases and 12,87,22,004 have recovered as on July 29, 2021 at 4:00 am.

India

3,15,28,114 43,509Cases
4,03,840 4,404Active
3,07,01,612 38,465Recovered
4,22,662 640Deaths
In India, there are 3,15,28,114 confirmed cases including 4,22,662 deaths. The number of active cases is 4,03,840 and 3,07,01,612 have recovered as on July 29, 2021 at 2:30 am.

State Details

State Cases Active Recovered Deaths
Maharashtra

62,82,914 6,857

85,913 466

60,64,856 6,105

1,32,145 286

Kerala

33,27,301 22,056

1,50,040 4,164

31,60,804 17,761

16,457 131

Karnataka

28,99,195 1,531

22,592 82

28,40,147 1,430

36,456 19

Tamil Nadu

25,53,805 1,756

21,521 667

24,98,289 2,394

33,995 29

Andhra Pradesh

19,59,942 2,010

20,999 34

19,25,631 1,956

13,312 20

Uttar Pradesh

17,08,313 87

768 30

16,84,790 116

22,755 1

West Bengal

15,25,773 815

11,370 10

14,96,294 811

18,109 14

Delhi

14,36,093 67

573 3

14,10,471 61

25,049 3

Chhattisgarh

10,01,651 164

2,226 164

9,85,905 327

13,520 1

Odisha

9,72,517 1,703

15,765 65

9,51,049 1,699

5,703 69

Rajasthan

9,53,605 30

268 10

9,44,384 40

8,953

Gujarat

8,24,802 28

274 11

8,14,452 39

10,076

Madhya Pradesh

7,91,778 11

130 8

7,81,135 18

10,513 1

Haryana

7,69,828 32

702 1

7,59,499 28

9,627 3

Bihar

7,24,673 76

480 4

7,14,554 80

9,639

Telangana

6,43,093 657

9,314 77

6,29,986 578

3,793 2

Punjab

5,98,947 65

559 24

5,82,102 84

16,286 5

Assam

5,62,731 1,276

14,499 536

5,43,031 1,791

5,201 21

Jharkhand

3,47,049 27

237 10

3,41,686 36

5,126 1

Uttarakhand

3,41,934 60

672 13

3,33,901 47

7,361

Jammu And Kashmir

3,21,026 160

1,139 15

3,15,511 144

4,376 1

Himachal Pradesh

2,05,499 116

953 30

2,01,026 84

3,520 2

Goa

1,70,810 81

1,082 48

1,66,586 127

3,142 2

Puducherry

1,20,627 97

923 0

1,17,912 96

1,792 1

Manipur

95,824 1,003

10,922 120

83,392 871

1,510 12

Tripura

77,788 376

3,861 107

73,177 267

750 2

Meghalaya

63,014 541

5,456 124

56,510 409

1,048 8

Chandigarh

61,943 5

36 1

61,098 6

809

Arunachal Pradesh

47,142 342

4,301 14

42,617 325

224 3

Mizoram

36,407 1,110

11,610 686

24,657 424

140

Nagaland

27,586 114

1,350 34

25,684 78

552 2

Sikkim

25,856 240

3,117 42

22,406 198

333

Ladakh

20,320 6

64 6

20,049 12

207

Dadra And Nagar Haveli

10,642 3

41 3

10,597 6

4

Lakshadweep

10,155 6

76 6

10,029 11

50 1

Andaman And Nicobar Islands

7,531 1

7 5

7,395 6

129

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