Half of India's adult population fully vaccinated against COVID-19, says Mansukh Mandaviya

With 1,04,18,707 vaccine doses administered in a span of 24 hours, the total COVID-19 vaccine doses given in the country has exceeded 127.61 crore

Press Trust of India December 05, 2021 13:40:24 IST
Half of India's adult population fully vaccinated against COVID-19, says Mansukh Mandaviya

File image of Union health minister Mansukh Mandaviya. ANI

New Delhi: Over 50 percent of India's eligible adult population is now fully vaccinated against COVID-19, Union Health Minister Mansukh Mandaviya said on Sunday as the cumulative vaccine doses administered in the country exceeded 127.61 crore.

According to Union Health Ministry officials, over 84.8 percent of the adult population in India has been administered the first dose.

"Congratulations India. It is a moment of great pride as over 50% of the eligible population is now fully vaccinated. We will win the battle against COVID-19 together," Mandaviya said in a tweet.

With the administration of 1,04,18,707 vaccine doses in a span of 24 hours, the total COVID-19 vaccine doses given in the country has exceeded 127.61 crore, according to the provisional report till 7 am.

This has been achieved through 1,32,44,514 sessions, the ministry said.

The countrywide vaccination drive was rolled out on 16 January with health care workers (HCWs) getting inoculated in the first phase. The vaccination of front line workers (FLWs) started from 2 February.

The next phase of COVID-19 vaccination commenced from March 1 for people over 60 years of age and those aged 45 and above with specified co-morbid conditions.

The country launched vaccination for all people aged more than 45 years from 1 April.

The government then decided to expand its vaccination drive by allowing everyone above 18 to be vaccinated from 1 May.

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