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Half of Kerala vaccinated with 1 dose; women outnumber men: Veena George

Health Minister Veena George said a total of 1,77,88,931 (1.77 crore) persons have been given the first jab as of Monday.

By: Express News Service | Kochi |
Updated: August 17, 2021 2:36:15 am
Kerala, CovidPeople queue up at a Covid-19 vaccination centre in Kochi (File/PTI)

Kerala on Monday announced that half of its projected population in 2021 had been administered at least the first dose of a Covid-19 vaccine.

Health Minister Veena George said a total of 1,77,88,931 (1.77 crore) persons have been given the first jab as of Monday. This amounts to 50.25% of the state’s projected population of 3.54 crore. The milestone was marked in 213 days since vaccination in the state began on January 16 this year. Statistics show 1.27 crore women got at least one dose of the vaccine compared to 1.17 crore men.

“I especially congratulate all the health workers, officials, public representatives, and volunteers who set aside their leaves and holidays to take part in the vaccination campaign,” she said.

Kerala has so far administered 2.45 crore doses, out of which 1.77 crore doses were given as first jab and 67 lakh doses as the second jab. A total of 61.98 per cent of the eligible beneficiaries above the age of 18 have been given the first dose while 23.43 per cent are fully vaccinated with both doses.

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