“Beneficiaries of inaugural vaccination day to start getting the second dose on 13th February,” the Ministry of Health said.
Coronavirus vaccination in India: As many as 56,36,868 beneficiaries so far have received vaccines against coronavirus in India in the ongoing vaccination drive.
“As of February 6, 2021, at 6 pm, the total vaccination is 56,36,868, out of which healthcare workers who have been vaccinated are 52,66,175 which is 54.7% of the total cohort of healthcare workers who are registered on CoWIN,” Manohar Agnani, Additional Secretary, Union Health Ministry, said during a press conference on Saturday.
Since the vaccination of frontline workers started on February 2, a total of 3,70,693 beneficiaries have received Covid jabs which is 4.5% of the current database of frontline workers, Agnani informed.
Union Health Secretary Rajesh Bhushan reviewed the status and progress of the Covid-19 vaccination drive with states and Union Territories (UTs), the Health Ministry said in a statement.
With more than 56 lakh beneficiaries have been vaccinated so far against Covid-19 in the country, India is the fastest to reach the 50-lakh mark in the world–in just 21 days. However, despite the vaccine stock, the pace of vaccination is still to catch up in the country as rich nations trying to cope with vaccine shortages. India has procured 11 million doses of Covishield from Serum Institute of India alone and placed an order for 10 million more doses. The country will also receive 10 million doses of the Covid-19 vaccine under the WHO’s COVAX programme.
During the review meeting, the centre urged states and UTs to increase the pace of vaccination, according to the ministry of health.
The ministry, in the statement, also said the second dose of the Covid-19 vaccine will be given on 13 February to those who have received the first dose on the Day 1 of the vaccination drive on January 16. “Beneficiaries of inaugural vaccination day to start getting the second dose on 13th February,” the Ministry of Health said.
Under the ongoing Covid-19 vaccine drive, which is the world’s largest, 13 states have done over 60% of healthcare workers coverage; Bihar 76.6%, Madhya Pradesh P 76.1%, Tripura 76%, Uttarakhand 71.5%, Mizoram 69.7%, Uttar Pradesh 69%, Kerala 68.1%, Odisha 67.6%, Rajasthan 67.3%, Himachal Pradesh 66.8%, Lakshadweep 64.5%, Andaman 62.9%, Chhattisgarh 60.5%, according to health ministry data.