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COVID-19 Vaccination | Total vaccine doses administered in India exceed 20.86 crore

More than 1.66 core beneficiaries of age group 18-44 have been vaccinated so far, the government informed.

May 28, 2021 / 09:42 PM IST
The central government has so far provided, through the free of cost channel and direct state procurement, more than 22.46 crore doses to states and UTs.

The central government has so far provided, through the free of cost channel and direct state procurement, more than 22.46 crore doses to states and UTs.

The Central government has notified that the cumulative number of COVID-19 vaccine doses administered in the country exceeded 20.86 crore (20,86,12,834) as of 7 pm on May 28.

13,36,309 beneficiaries of the age group 18-44 years received their first dose and 275 beneficiaries of the same age group received their second dose of COVID vaccine on May 28.

Cumulatively, 1,66,47,122 beneficiaries have been vaccinated since the start of Phase-3 of the vaccination drive.

Bihar, Delhi, Gujarat, Madhya Pradesh, Rajasthan and Uttar Pradesh have administered more than 10 lakh beneficiaries of the age group 18-44 years for their first dose of COVID vaccine.

More than 1.84 crore vaccine doses are currently available with states and union territories, and three lakh more will be received by them in the next three days, the Union Health Ministry said earlier May 28.

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A vaccine works by mimicking a natural infection. A vaccine not only induces immune response to protect people from any future COVID-19 infection, but also helps quickly build herd immunity to put an end to the pandemic. Herd immunity occurs when a sufficient percentage of a population becomes immune to a disease, making the spread of disease from person to person unlikely. The good news is that SARS-CoV-2 virus has been fairly stable, which increases the viability of a vaccine.

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The central government has so far provided, through the free of cost channel and direct state procurement, more than 22.46 crore doses to states and UTs.

A total of 1,84,92,677 COVID-19 vaccine doses are still available with the states and UTs to be administered, the ministry said, adding 3,20,380 more doses are in the pipeline and will be received by them within the next three days.

Union Minister Prakash Javadekar also mentioned today that by December 2021, all of India will be vaccinated. Union Health Minister Harsh Vardhan has also said India will be able to vaccinate at least its entire adult population by the end of 2021.

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