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COVID-19 Vaccine Tracker: Over 54.13 lakh doses given on September 28

More than 4.77 crore people have been administered COVID-19 vaccine doses in Madhya Pradesh so far out of the eligible population of 5.49 crore, according to a state health official

September 29, 2021 / 09:51 AM IST
On the 256th day of the vaccination drive, 29.14 lakh beneficiaries received their first shot and 24.98 lakh their second dose. (Representative image: Reuters)

On the 256th day of the vaccination drive, 29.14 lakh beneficiaries received their first shot and 24.98 lakh their second dose. (Representative image: Reuters)

More than 54.13 lakh COVID-19 vaccine doses were administered in India on September 28, taking the total number of jabs to over 87.66 crore, the Union Health Ministry's latest report has said.

On the 256th day of the vaccination drive, 29.14 lakh beneficiaries received their first shot and 24.98 lakh their second dose.

After a slow start, India’s vaccination drive has picked up in the last few weeks. It took the country 85 days to give the first 10 crore doses. The next 10 crore took 45 days and in another 29 days, India touched the 30-crore mark.

The country took 24 days to reach 40 crore and 20 days to cross 50-crore doses on August 6. By September 13, 75 crore COVID-19 vaccines had been given. The biggest jump, however, came on September 17, when more than 2.1 crore doses were given in a day.

The government has revised the gap between the two doses for the Oxford-AstraZeneca's Covishield, manufactured by the Serum Institute of India (SII), to 12-16 weeks. However, the interval for the second dose of Bharat Biotech's Covaxin remains unchanged at four weeks.

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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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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. In the second phase that started from March 1, everyone above 60 and above 45 with comorbidities was included. From April 1, the drive was expanded to include all aged 45 and above.

From May 1, the 18-44 age group, too, was eligible for the jab.

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

- Andhra Pradesh crossed another milestone in COVID-19 vaccination on September 28 by completing administration of over four crore doses.

- The Gujarat government told the Legislative Assembly on the day that some 8.33 lakh doses of coronavirus vaccines could not be used in the state since the inoculation drive began. The information was given by health minister Rishikesh Patel in a written reply to a question by Congress MLA from Una, Punja Vansh. A vial of vaccine which contains ten doses has to be used within four hours once opened, the minister said.

- India's drug regulator allowed vaccine maker Serum Institute of India on the day to enrol kids aged 7-11 years for its trial of US drugmaker Novavax's COVID-19 vaccine, as the country prepares to protect children from the novel coronavirus.

- More than 4.77 crore people have been administered COVID-19 vaccine doses in Madhya Pradesh so far out of the eligible population of 5.49 crore, a state health official said on the day. Among these beneficiaries, 12,03,612 people were inoculated on September 27 during a mega vaccination drive in the state, he said. Chief Minister Shivraj Singh Chouhan praised the efforts of health workers engaged in the vaccination programme for administering over 12 lakh doses on a single day during the mega drive on the day, a public relations department official said.

- The Supreme Court on the day said that there is no need for a toll-free number for registration for COVID-19 vaccination as the Centre has already started walk-in vaccination, where people can go for jabs without prior enrolment.

Here is the vaccination count for states/UTs:
StatesTotal Beneficiaries
Andhra Pradesh 4,00,62,229
Arunachal Pradesh11,57,180
Assam2,37,99,016
Bihar 5,40,71,559
Chandigarh13,38,640
Chhattisgarh 1,81,30,057
Delhi 1,75,57,752
Goa 19,02,688
Gujarat6,03,54,039
Haryana2,25,55,659
Himachal Pradesh 83,24,209
Jammu and Kashmir 1,12,17,146
Jharkhand 1,75,35,578
Karnataka5,51,44,728
Kerala 3,53,72,386
Madhya Pradesh6,26,40,265
Maharashtra8,01,09,475
Odisha3,00,13,353
Punjab 1,94,13,580
Rajasthan 5,53,35,625
Tamil Nadu 4,66,46,802
Telangana2,51,94,288
Uttar Pradesh10,52,16,492
Uttarakhand 1,04,23,832
West Bengal 5,67,71,326
(With inputs from PTI)
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first published: Sep 29, 2021 09:51 am

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