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COVID-19 Vaccine Tracker: Over 14.92 lakh people received coronavirus vaccine on March 5

Over 1.94 crore people have been given the COVID-19 vaccine in India so far. The second dose of the COVID-19 vaccine is being administered to beneficiaries who have completed 28 days since receiving the first shot.

March 06, 2021 / 10:24 AM IST
Representative image: Reuters

Representative image: Reuters

A total of 1.94 crore beneficiaries have been vaccinated for COVID-19 in India so far, according to the Union Health Ministry's provisional report.

On March 5, the 49th day of the immunisation drive, over 14.92 lakh beneficiaries were vaccinated, the ministry said. Of these, 11.99 lakh beneficiaries were given the first shot of the two-dose regime. About 2.92 lakh healthcare and frontline workers received the second dose, the ministry added.

The second dose of COVID-19 vaccination started for beneficiaries who have completed 28 days since receiving the first shot. The emergency use approval granted by the Drugs Controller General of India (DCGI) accords a window of four to six weeks for the second dose to be administered.

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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.


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How does a vaccine work?

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.

How many types of vaccines are there?

There are broadly four types of vaccine — one, a vaccine based on the whole virus (this could be either inactivated, or an attenuated [weakened] virus vaccine); two, a non-replicating viral vector vaccine that uses a benign virus as vector that carries the antigen of SARS-CoV; three, nucleic-acid vaccines that have genetic material like DNA and RNA of antigens like spike protein given to a person, helping human cells decode genetic material and produce the vaccine; and four, protein subunit vaccine wherein the recombinant proteins of SARS-COV-2 along with an adjuvant (booster) is given as a vaccine.

What does it take to develop a vaccine of this kind?

Vaccine development is a long, complex process. Unlike drugs that are given to people with a diseased, vaccines are given to healthy people and also vulnerable sections such as children, pregnant women and the elderly. So rigorous tests are compulsory. History says that the fastest time it took to develop a vaccine is five years, but it usually takes double or sometimes triple that time.

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The country has begun the second phase of the vaccination drive in which everyone above 60 years of age and those over 45 years with comorbidities will be able to get the vaccine.

India’s drug regulator has approved two vaccines - Covaxin developed by Bharat Biotech and Covishield from the Oxford/AstraZeneca stable being manufactured by the Serum Institute of India (SII) - for emergency use in the country.

Here are all developments related to the COVID-19 vaccine in India:

> Punjab Chief Minister Amarinder Singh took his first dose of an anti-coronavirus vaccine at the civil hospital in Mohali on March 5 and appealed to all those who are eligible to get inoculated. He was administered the vaccine by an auxiliary nurse and midwife Manpreet.

> Over 27,000 people, including 14,874 senior citizens, received COVID-19 vaccine shots in Delhi on the day, according to data shared by officials. In the 45-59 years age group, 2,020 beneficiaries received the jabs, a senior official said. Over 5,100 senior citizens in Delhi had received their first shots of the vaccine on the day when the second phase of the vaccination drive began in the national capital.

> Union minister Prakash Javadekar received the first shot of COVID-19 vaccine at a private hospital in Pune on the day.

> Biotechnology industry veteran Kiran Mazumdar-Shaw has slammed calls from some experts and politicians to provide COVID-19 vaccines at private hospitals for free, terming them irrational. The Executive Chairperson of biotech major Biocon Limited noted that people have a choice to pay or get a free vaccine.

> The Election Commission has sought a report from the West Bengal chief electoral officer on the Trinamool Congress' complaint that the picture of Prime Minister Narendra Modi on the COVID-19 vaccination certificate violates the model code. A functionary said on Thursday that the state CEO has been directed to file a report to verify the veracity of the TMC's complaint.

Here is the state-wise vaccination count:
StatesTotal Beneficiaries
Andhra Pradesh7,85,878
Arunachal Pradesh43,918
Assam 3,57,619
Chandigarh 32,619
Goa 39,766
Haryana 3,53,760
Himachal Pradesh1,59,871
Madhya Pradesh10,09,607
Punjab 2,52,855
Tamil Nadu7,61,625
Uttar Pradesh 17,01,661
Uttarakhand 2,25,030
West Bengal 14,87,060

(With inputs from PTI)

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first published: Mar 6, 2021 10:24 am

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