The total number of people who received coronavirus vaccine shots until Monday evening has crossed 60 lakh, Union Ministry of Health said, noting that India has hit the mark in 24 days, the fastest in the world.
It took the US 26 days to reach this mark, while the UK accomplished it in 46 days, it said.
Till Thursday evening, 60,35,660 recipients were vaccinated through 1,24,744 sessions. Of these, 54,12,270 are health workers and 6,23,390 are frontline workers whose vaccination began on 2 February, Manohar Agnani, Additional Secretary of the Ministry of Health, said.
More than 65 per cent of registered healthcare staff have been vaccinated in eleven states and Union territories—Bihar, Tripura, Madhya Pradesh, Uttarakhand, Odisha, Mizoram, Uttar Pradesh, Andaman and Nicobar Islands, Himachal Pradesh, Rajasthan and Kerala.
Less than 40 per cent coverage of vaccinating health staff has been registered in Delhi, Jammu and Kashmir, Ladakh, Punjab, Dadra and Nagar Haveli, Chandigarh, Tamil Nadu, Meghalaya, Nagaland, Manipur, and Puducherry.
Ten states accounted for 75.12 per cent of Monday’s overall vaccinated beneficiaries
“Total 2,23,298 beneficiaries were vaccinated on the 24th day of nationwide COVID-19 vaccination till 6 pm,” the ministry said, adding that the final report would be completed late at night.
8,257 vaccination sessions were held until 6 pm on Monday.
So far, 29 individuals have been hospitalized in total, accounting for 0.0005 per cent of the total vaccinations.
Of these, 19 were discharged after treatment, one is under treatment, while the ministry said that nine people died.
One individual suffered from bilateral facial paralysis over a period of 24 hours and was hospitalized at the Kerala Institute of Medical Sciences in Thiruvananthapuram. His status is secure.
Twenty-three deaths have been reported to date, representing 0.0004 per cent of the total vaccinations, the Ministry said. Of these, nine people died in the hospital, and 14 died outside the hospital.
A 29-year-old woman, a resident of Srikakulam in Andhra Pradesh, died in 24 hours.
“None of these deaths have been causally linked with COVID-19 vaccination. No case of serious/severe AEFI/Death is attributable to vaccination, till date,” the Ministry said.
The total beneficiaries to date included 3,92,426 from Bihar, 2,95,965 from Kerala, 4,11,861 from Karnataka, 3,62,649 from Madhya Pradesh, 4,97,095 from Maharashtra, 1,13,138 from Delhi, 4,70,384 from Gujarat, 6,73,542 from Uttar Pradesh and 3,68,562 from West Bengal, according to the provisional report.