Karnataka crossed the two crore mark with regard to vaccination of citizens against COVID-19 on June 22. (Representative image)
More than 54.24 lakh vaccine doses were administered in India on June 22, the Union Health Ministry's latest provisional report suggested. With that, the cumulative number of COVID-19 vaccine doses administered in the country crossed 29.46 crore. The number is significantly low as India reached record highs with 86.16 lakh vaccines administered on June 21.
On the 158th day of the vaccination drive on June 22, 47.99 lakh beneficiaries received their first shot and 6.24 lakh people were given their second dose.
The government has revised the gap between the two doses for the Oxford-AstraZeneca's Covishield, being manufactured by the Serum Institute of India, to 12-16 weeks. However, the interval for the second dose of Bharat Biotech's Covaxin remains unchanged.
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Prime Minister Narendra Modi launched the nationwide vaccination drive on January 16, with healthcare workers at the frontline of India's COVID-19 battle getting their first jabs. The country began the second phase of the vaccination drive from March 1 in which everyone above 60 years of age and those over 45 years with comorbidities could start getting the vaccine.
From April 1, vaccination was opened for everyone above the age of 45 with or without comorbidities.
India rolled out the third phase of its COVID-19 vaccination drive for those in the 18-44 age group on May 1.
The central government has 'liberalised' the vaccination drive to allow states, private hospitals, and industrial establishments to procure the doses directly from manufacturers. However, later it announced to provide free COVID-19 vaccines to everyone above the age of 18 years from June 21. The new COVID-19 vaccination policy is a significant shift from the government's 'liberalised and accelerated' policy, announced earlier.
Registration on CoWIN platform for the third phase began on April 28 and is mandatory for the 18-44 age group.
Here are key developments related to the COVID-19 vaccination process:
- Karnataka crossed the two-crore mark with regard to vaccination of citizens against COVID-19 on June 22. "Karnataka achieved yet another milestone in COVID-19 vaccination by crossing 2 crore doses today. Our aim is to vaccinate every eligible citizen by the end of this year and we are very much on course to accomplish it," Chief Minister BS Yediyurappa tweeted.
- Maharashtra administered a state record of 5.52 lakh doses of the COVID-19 vaccine on the day, bettering the 5.34 lakh figure achieved on April 26, a senior official said. The state, till 8pm on the day, had given 5,52,909 doses, and the actual figure could increase further, Additional Chief Secretary (Health) Pradeep Vyas said.
- US Pharma giant Pfizer is in the final stages of an agreement with India to supply anti-COVID-19 vaccines, CEO Dr Albert Bourla said on the day, observing that the domestically manufactured vaccines would be the backbone of vaccinating the Indian people. Addressing the 15th edition of the India-US Bio Pharma & Healthcare Summit being organised by the US-India Chamber of Commerce, Dr Bourla also said that Pfizer has made a specific plan that the mid and low-income countries, which includes India, will receive at least two billion of such doses.
- The administration of Delhi's northwest district launched a four-day COVID-19 vaccination drive for transgender people on the day, officials said. The drive has been organised by the Northwest District Legal Services Authority in coordination with an NGO and a special walk-in centre was set up for the beneficiaries.
- Tripura Chief Minister Biplab Kumar Deb has said all people eligible for COVID-19 vaccine in two gram panchayats -- Mangalkhali Gram Panchayat in North Tripura district and Purna Chandigarh Gram Panchayat in Sepahijala district -- of the north eastern state are now fully vaccinated.
- The government has asked all the state governments and union territories to identify dedicated COVID-19 vaccination centres for the Tokyo Olympics-bound Indian contingent.
- Bollywood star Kartik Aaryan, South star couple Suriya and Jyothika received their jabs of the coronavirus vaccine on the day.
- Actor Soha Ali Khan received her jab of the coronavirus vaccine on the day. The 42-year-old took to Instagram and posted a video of herself getting vaccinated.Here's the vaccination count for some states:
|Andhra Pradesh|| 1,40,39,082|
|Madhya Pradesh|| 1,67,60,464|
|Tamil Nadu|| 1,33,75,937|
|Uttar Pradesh|| 2,71,85,347|