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COVID-19 Vaccine Tracker: Over 29 lakh people get jabbed on April 7, 9 crore shots administered so far

More than nine crore COVID-19 vaccine doses have been administered across India so far.

April 08, 2021 / 08:50 AM IST
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. (Representative image: Reuters)

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. (Representative image: Reuters)

As many as 29,79,292 COVID-19 vaccine doses were administered in India on April 7, according to the Union Health Ministry's latest provisional report. This came at a time when the country is widening the vaccination drive to include everyone above the age of 45, in a bid to curb the spread of novel coronavirus infections.

More than nine crore COVID-19 vaccine doses have been administered across the country so far. On April 7, while 26,90,031 beneficiaries received their first shot and 2,89,261 people were given their second dose. This included healthcare and frontline workers, people aged over 60 and beneficiaries above the age of 45 with or without comorbidities.

The government recently revised the gap between the two doses for the Oxford-AstraZeneca's Covishield, being manufactured by the Serum Institute of India, to six-eight 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.

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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 launched for everyone above the age of 45.

Here are key developments related to the COVID-19 vaccination process:

> The Odisha government halted COVID-19 inoculation drive in 700 centres on April 7 due to shortage of vaccines and moved the Centre seeking immediate supply of 25 lakh Covishield doses.

> Amid a surge in coronavirus cases, Karnataka has inoculated over 50 lakh people, said the Health Department on the day. A total of 50,16,695 vaccinations have been administered so far with the first and second dose, the department said.

> Mumbai Mayor Kishori Pednekar on the day claimed the metropolis, which is witnessing a surge in coronavirus cases, is running out of vaccine doses and demanded that the Centre step up supplies immediately.

> Calling for a "vaccine for all" policy, the Congress on the day picked holes in the government's vaccination and COVID strategy and alleged that a grave catastrophe awaited the country due to its "stubborn" stance.

> Congress leader Rahul Gandhi on the day batted for COVID-19 vaccine for all, saying every Indian "deserves the chance to a safe life".

> As COVID-19 cases in India hit a record high lending urgency to scale up vaccination, the Centre on the day allowed the jabs at workplaces with about 100 eligible beneficiaries from April 11 and rejected as baseless allegations of shortage of the injection by Maharashtra and some other non-BJP ruled states. The central government also wrote to Maharashtra, Punjab and Delhi governments flagging below-par inoculation of eligible beneficiaries, including healthcare workers, after they demanded that vaccination be opened to all.

> Actor-politician Nagma said on the day that she has tested positive for COVID-19 and is currently under home quarantine. The 50-year-old actor took to Twitter and wrote that she contracted the virus despite receiving the first dose of the COVID-19 vaccine on April 2.

> PM Modi took a second dose of COVID-19 vaccine at AIIMS in New Delhi on April 8, and asked those eligible for the shot to take it soon to defeat the virus. He had taken his first jab on March 1 at the hospital.

Here's the vaccination count in some states:
StatesTotal Beneficiaries
Andhra Pradesh33,89,990
Arunachal Pradesh 1,14,031
Assam13,44,908
Bihar40,26,169
Chandigarh1,01,739
Chhattisgarh 34,27,849
Delhi 17,99,406
Goa1,50,177
Gujarat81,47,689
Haryana20,36,392
Himachal Pradesh 7,78,402
Jharkhand 20,80,318
Karnataka 52,30,642
Kerala41,49,413
Madhya Pradesh49,73,398
Maharashtra89,49,560
Odisha36,17,561
Punjab 14,78,280
Rajasthan 82,87,840
Tamil Nadu32,92,109
Telangana 16,85,242
Uttar Pradesh 78,47,622
Uttarakhand11,14,026
West Bengal70,55,520

(With inputs from PTI)

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first published: Apr 8, 2021 08:50 am

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