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Cumulative number of Covid-19 vaccine doses administered in India cross 203.17 crore-mark: Government

New Delhi: The cumulative number of Covid-19 vaccine doses administered in the country crossed the 203.17 crore-mark on Wednesday with over 36 lakh vaccine doses being administered till 7 pm, the Union health ministry said. More than 32 lakh vaccine doses have been administered till 7 pm on Wednesday.

With 26,32,026 precaution doses being administered to those aged 18-59 years till 7 pm, the total precaution doses given in this age-group has so far crossed 3,15,54,701, according to the ministry data.

Those aged 60 years and above so far have been administered 3.15 crore doses.

So far, over 3.87 crore children in the age group of 12-14 years have been administered the first dose, while more than 6.10 crore adolescents in the age group 15-18 years have been given the first dose, the health ministry stated.

A special 75-day drive to administer precaution doses free of cost to all aged 18 years and above at government vaccination centres is underway.

The drive ‘COVID Vaccination Amrit Mahotsava’ which started on july 15, aimed at boosting the uptake of Covid precaution doses among eligible population, is being held as part of the government’s Azadi Ka Amrit Mahotsav to celebrate the 75th anniversary of India’s Independence.

The countrywide vaccination drive was rolled out on January 16 last year with healthcare workers getting inoculated in the first phase. Vaccination of frontline workers started from February 2 last year.

The next phase of COVID-19 vaccination commenced on March 1 last year for people over 60 years of age and those aged 45 and above with specified comorbid conditions.

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Vaccination for all people aged more than 45 years began on April 1 last year.

The government then decided to expand the ambit of the vaccination drive by allowing everyone above 18 years to be inoculated against Covid from May 1 last year.

Inoculation of adolescents in the age group of 15-18 years commenced on January 3.

India began administering precaution doses of vaccines to healthcare and frontline workers and those aged 60 and above with comorbidities from January 10.

The country began inoculating children aged 12-14 from March 16 and also removed the comorbidity clause, making all people aged above 60 eligible for the precaution dose of Covid vaccine.

India on April 10 began administering precaution doses of COVID-19 vaccines to all aged above 18 years.