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3 of 4 adults are now double-jabbed, 95% have got the first dose

A total 165.90 crore doses of Covid-19 vaccines had been administered until Sunday. An estimated 95% of the eligible adult population have received the first dose, and 75% have received both doses, the data show.

Written by Kaunain Sheriff M | New Delhi |
Updated: January 31, 2022 7:43:49 am
India started vaccinating on January 17 last year, beginning with healthcare workers and frontline workers, and the older population of the country.

A little over a year after India began its inoculation drive, three out of four eligible adults are fully vaccinated against the coronavirus, health ministry data show.

A total 165.90 crore doses of Covid-19 vaccines had been administered until Sunday. An estimated 95% of the eligible adult population have received the first dose, and 75% have received both doses, the data show.

India started vaccinating on January 17 last year, beginning with healthcare workers and frontline workers, and the older population of the country. Vaccination was subsequently expanded to cover everyone aged 18 years and older. Adolescents in the 15-18 age group were made eligible on January 3 this year.

A 75 per cent second-dose coverage has significant public health implications. The Health Ministry said that while over 500 districts continue to report a case positivity rate of more than 5 per cent due to the spread of the highly infectious Omicron variant, the broad vaccination coverage has ensured that hospitalisations and deaths have been fewer.

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Four large states — Gujarat (96%), Madhya Pradesh (93%), Karnataka (91%), and Rajasthan (77%) — have a second-dose coverage well above the national average, official data show. Five other large states are, however, reporting second-dose coverage below the national average: Bihar and Andhra Pradesh (65% each), Uttar Pradesh (67%), Maharashtra (68%), and Tamil Nadu (69%).

Second-dose coverage increased significantly in the last week of November last year, after South Africa warned the WHO about the emergence of the highly infectious Omicron variant.

In the week ended November 19, India for the first time administered over 3 crore second doses in a week. The seven-day average for the next six weeks has been 3.47 crore doses.

The spike in second-dose vaccinations — due mainly to the door-to-door drive to track down individuals whose second shot was overdue — has played a significant role in reducing mortality in the ongoing surge.

Data from India and around the world show that deaths and severe disease triggered by Omicron have been significantly higher in unvaccinated and part-vaccinated populations.

Five mid-sized states are currently reporting second-dose vaccination coverage above the national average: Telangana (97%), Haryana (83%), Kerala and Assam (78%), and Odisha (76%). Four Northeastern states — Nagaland (37%), Manipur (53%), Meghalaya (45%), and Arunachal Pradesh (69%) — are reporting low second-dose coverage.

Since January 1, the rate of second-dose vaccination has seen a slight fall, official data show. In the first four weeks of this year, the seven-day second-dose coverage has averaged 2.34 crore shots.

Reasons for this include the fact that several large states are now close to saturation first-dose coverage, and a significant population will be eligible for the second dose only months later, given the long interval between doses of Covishield.

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First published on: 31-01-2022 at 04:04:51 am
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