COVID-19 vaccine: India vaccinates over 10 lakh people in one day
A health worker (L) inoculates a senior citizen with a Covid-19 coronavirus vaccine at a government hospital in Faridabad Image by: Money SHARMA / AFP

COVID-19 vaccine: India vaccinates over 10 lakh people in one day

Till date, 1.77 crore people have been given COVID-19 vaccine doses so far in India

New Delhi: With a growth in vaccination sites, the number of inoculation on Thursday was reported to be close to 11 lakh.

Around 10,93,954 people including healthcare workers, frontline workers, senior citizens and those above 45 years with specified comorbid conditions received COVID-19 vaccines in a day pushing the total of vaccination over 1.77 crore, the Ministry of Health and Family Welfare said. On the other side, 8,34,141 beneficiaries were vaccinated for the first dose and 2,59,813 heatlhcare workers and frontline workers received a second jab of vaccine as per the report.

The major share of the vaccination reported on Thursday was contributed by senior citizens with over 45 per cent of participation. 4,93,999 doses were vaccinated to people above 60 years of age, the Union Health Ministry's said.

Meanwhile, a total of 1,77,11,287 vaccine doses have been given, as per the provisional report till 7 p.m. on Thursday. These include 68,38,077 healthcare workers who took the first dose and 30,82,942 who took the second dose; 60,22,136 frontline workers who took the first dose and 54,177 who took the second dose; 14,95,016 beneficiaries more than 60 years old and 2,18,939 beneficiaries aged 45 years and above with specific co-morbidities, the ministry informed.

The COVID-19 vaccination drive started in India on January 16, with healthcare workers getting the jab in the first phase. In the second phase, frontline workers began receiving vaccines. From March 1, inoculations began for those above 60 years of age and for people aged 45 and above with specified co-morbid conditions.

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