80% of India’s adults fully-vaccinated against COVID-19
INDIA: Over 80% of India’s adult population is now fully vaccinated against COVID-19 with two doses of the jabs while nearly 97% have initiated vaccination with at least first dose, indicating significant progress towards complete coverage among those above 18 years.
Overall, a total of more than 175 crore doses of COVID vaccines had been administered in India till Saturday. Apart from primary (two dose) vaccination among adults, this includes 1. 9 crore ‘precaution dose’ or boosters given to health and frontline workers along with elderly above 60 years of age. Besides, the total administered doses also includes 7. 5 crore doses given to youngsters of 15-17 years age.
“With the mantra of ‘sabka prayas’ under the leadership of PM @NarendraModi ji, the country is moving at a fast pace towards 100 per cent immunisation,” health minister Mansukh Mandaviya said. While India tops the list of countries with maximum 96 crore people vaccinated (at least with one dose) against COVID so far, it stands slightly below world average in terms of number of doses administered per 100 persons, as per ‘ourworldindata’ website.
Till February 14, India administered 124. 14 doses per 100 people, against 132. 33 doses of world average. This includes all doses, including boosters, counted individually.
In the wake of Omicronpowered third surge, the government’s top scientific advisory group on immunisation National Technical Advisory Group on Immunisation (NTAGI) for Covid is evaluating data about value of all vaccines and their relative importance in a situation where over 97% of the COVID-19 cases are infected with Omicron. NTAGI is likely to make recommendations by end of February.
– THE TIMES OF INDIA