“UNICEF congratulates India on reaching the remarkable milestone of administering 2 billion doses of COVID-19 vaccination. Guided by the country’s leadership, relentless efforts of many actors including healthcare and frontline workers, have made this tremendous achievement possible.
“Completing two billion doses of vaccines in 18 months in a country as vast and diverse as India, is a phenomenal accomplishment and a testament to the grit and dedication of India’s health workers who have worked tirelessly to boost vaccination coverage in all parts of the country, despite the challenges of repeated pandemic waves, inclement weather, difficult terrain and hard-to-reach areas.
“This is a moment to also honour the hard work of scientists, health practitioners, vaccine manufacturers, and policy makers who ensured timely availability and equity in vaccines reaching all. Driven by the vision of vaccinating its eligible population, backed by meticulous planning, India has successfully achieved this milestone.
“Since the beginning of the pandemic response, UNICEF is pleased to have extended support to the Government of India by procuring and supplying over 4,195 pieces of electrical cold chain equipment, including walk-in coolers, freezers, ice lined refrigerators, and deep freezers. We also supplied more than 600,000 pieces of cold boxes and vaccine carriers.”
UNICEF continues to support the Ministry of Health and Family Welfare in the national communication campaigns to promote behaviours to prevent the spread of COVID-19 virus and in further accelerating India’s vaccination drive. Our support in communication, advocacy and social mobilization helped raise awareness about the importance of vaccination campaigns. Real time media monitoring has helped bust myths, counter mis/disinformation and fake news impeding vaccines uptake. Simplified scientific messages and compelling audio-visual materials created by UNICEF have helped disseminate accurate information on time and to support the uptake of Covid-19 vaccination, under the Government’s vaccination programme.