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COVID-19 vaccine tracker: Over 31.39 lakh jabbed on fourth day of 'Tika Utsav', 11.43 crore shots given so far

Over 11.43 crore COVID-19 vaccine doses have been administered across the country so far.

April 15, 2021 / 09:27 AM IST
India has so far approved three COVID-19 vaccines for emergency use -- Bharat Biotech's Covaxin, Oxford-AstraZence's Covishield and Russian Sputnik V vaccine. (Image: AP)

India has so far approved three COVID-19 vaccines for emergency use -- Bharat Biotech's Covaxin, Oxford-AstraZence's Covishield and Russian Sputnik V vaccine. (Image: AP)

As many as 31,39,063 COVID-19 vaccine doses were administered in India on April 14, the fourth day of Tika Utsav (vaccine festival), according to the Union Health Ministry's report. The Tika Utsav refers to a special COVID-19 vaccination drive between April 11 and 14.

Over 11.43 crore COVID-19 vaccine doses have been administered across the country so far. On April 14, 27,19,964 beneficiaries were vaccinated for the first dose and 4,19,099 beneficiaries received the second dose of the vaccine, according to the provisional report. This included healthcare and frontline workers, people aged over 60 and beneficiaries above the age of 45 with or without comorbidities.

India has so far approved three COVID-19 vaccines for emergency use -- Bharat Biotech's Covaxin, Oxford-AstraZence's Covishield and Russian Sputnik V vaccine.

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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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Frequently Asked Questions

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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 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:

> So far, three states have administered more than 1 crore vaccinations  Maharashtra (1,11,19,018), Rajasthan (1,02,15,471) and Uttar Pradesh (1,00,17,650).

> Dr Reddy's Laboratories is in the process of generating additional stability data for Russia's COVID-19 vaccine Sputnik V, which has a storage condition of -18 C, on 2 to 8 C. Deepak Sapra, Dr Reddys Chief Executive Officer, API and Services, told a press conference that the vaccine would be

imported in a frozen condition maintaining -18 to -22. The doses would be kept outside for 15-20 minutes before being administered to the people.

> Bahujan Samaj Party chief Mayawati on April 15 appealed to the government to make arrangements for free food and accommodation for migrant labourers and workers who are planning to return home amid a spike in coronavirus cases. She also demanded that all the needy and the poor be given the COVID-19 vaccine free of cost.

> Amid a surge in the coronavirus infection, over 300 doses of Covid vaccine have been stolen from a hospital in Jaipur, prompting authorities to lodge a criminal case against the theft. A total of 320 doses of Bharat Biotech's Covaxin went missing from the Kanwatiya government hospital in Shastri Nagar, as per a PTI report.

> Uttar Pradesh Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath has tested positive for COVID-19. The BJP leader informed about his health on social media on April 14. “After initial symptoms, I got myself tested. My report is positive. I am in self-isolation and following the advice of doctors. I am doing all the works virtually,” Adityanath said in a tweet in Hindi.

He further asked all those who have come in contact with him in the past few days to go for COVID-19 testing and take the required precautions.

 

Here's the vaccination count in some states:
StatesTotal Beneficiaries
Andhra Pradesh45,63,073
Arunachal Pradesh1,58,211
Assam 15,53,903
Bihar 52,27,880
Chandigarh1,30,380
Chhattisgarh46,34,774
Delhi23,77,014
Goa2,03,223
Gujarat98,67,541
Haryana28,05,840
Himachal Pradesh 11,57,929
Jharkhand25,96,645
Karnataka65,50,424
Kerala52,87,484
Madhya Pradesh68,90,145
Maharashtra1,11,25,434
Odisha45,27,911
Punjab20,80,678
Rajasthan1,02,24,579
Tamil Nadu41,10,452
Telangana24,52,956
Uttar Pradesh1,00,28,839
Uttarakhand14,32,077
West Bengal84,43,337
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first published: Apr 15, 2021 09:27 am

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