The Union Health Ministry stated that the cumulative COVID-19 vaccine doses administered in the country crossed 107 crore on Tuesday. As many as 37,38,574 doses were administered till 7 pm.
Union Health Minister Mansukh Mandaviya on Monday said 78 per cent of India’s eligible population has been administered the first dose of COVID-19 vaccine while 38 per cent have received both the shots.
The vaccination exercise as a tool to protect the most vulnerable population groups in the country from COVID-19 continues to be regularly reviewed and monitored at the highest level, the ministry underlined.
The countrywide vaccination drive was rolled out on January 16 with healthcare workers getting inoculated in the first phase. The vaccination of frontline workers started from February 2.
The next phase of the vaccination commenced from March 1 for people over 60 years of age and those aged 45 and above with specified co-morbid conditions.
The country launched vaccination for all people aged more than 45 years from April 1.
The government then decided to expand its vaccination drive by allowing everyone above 18 to be vaccinated from May 1.