With improved supplies helping the government accelerate the pace of Covid-19 vaccination, India administered the latest 10 crore doses in just13 days, taking the total to more than 70 crore. Significantly, on three days, the tally crossed 1 crore doses.
Covid vaccine delivery had gone up from 50 crore to 60 crore doses in 19 days. With the recent rise in vaccinations, the shots delivered per100 people is also looking respectable at 49.4.
Around 72.4 lakh people were vaccinated till 8pm on Tuesday, after India crossed the 1-crore mark the day before. Though a majority of the doses are being administered in rural areas, the coverage has improved in urban areas over the past few weeks. The coverage of second shots has increased in several states, even as expansion of the overall vaccination programme is being driven by the first dose, a senior official said. The graph of first doses is rising sharply.
Overall, people in the age group of 18-44 account for 50% of the total 70.61 crore doses administered so far, whereas nearly 30% have been given to those aged 45-60. The remaining have been received by those above 60 years.
In terms of coverage, those between 45-60 account for maximum coverage of first dose at around 66%, whereas the coverage of second dose is maximum among people above 60 years, with around 33.5% being fully vaccinated. In the age band of 18-44, around 44.6% has received at least one dose, whereas only 5.6% got both doses.
The central government has asked states and UTs to ramp up vaccination, particularly in people above 60. Besides,it has stressed on the need to ensure that all those eligible for second dose of anti-Covid jabs be covered within the stipulated time frame.
Overall, 57% of the estimated 94 crore adult population has received at least one dose so far, whereas17.6% has got both.