India crosses 100 crore COVID-19 Vaccination mark: Top 10 states that administered highest no. of doses

India crosses 100 crore COVID-19 Vaccine landmark: Check the top 10 states in India with the highest coverage of Vaccine doses and 7 key facts about the world's largest vaccination drive. 

Created On: Oct 21, 2021 11:24 IST
India administers 100 crore vaccine doses
India administers 100 crore vaccine doses

COVID-19 Vaccination: India has achieved the milestone of administering over 100 crore COVID-19 vaccine doses on October 21, 2021. The Government of India, to celebrate the achievement, has planned a series of events to celebrate the historic golden vaccination journey of India. Reportedly, as of the afternoon of October 20, around 99.4 crore doses were already administered all over the country.

The only other country to achieve the milestone of administering over a billion vaccine doses is China. It had crossed the mark of 100 crore doses in June 2021. China is also the only other country with a population of more than 100 billion.

In September 2021, to celebrate Prime Minister Modi’s 71st birthday, over 2.5 crores doses were administered in the country in a day. It was the fourth time when India had administered over 1 crore doses in a single day.

Prime Minister Modi, on India achieving the milestone of administering over billion doses tweeted, “India scripts history. We are witnessing the triumph of Indian science, enterprise and collective spirit of 130 crore Indians. Congrats India on crossing 100 crore vaccination. Gratitude to our doctors, nurses and all those who worked to achieve this feat.”

The Union Health Minister Mansukh Mandaviya, in a tweet, also congratulated the people of India on achieving Vaccine Century.

100 crores COVID-19 vaccine milestone: How India is planning to celebrate?

On the completion of 1 billion vaccine doses, the Union Health Minister Mansukh Mandaviya will launch a song by singer Kailash Kher as well as an audio-visual film at the Red Fort.

The landmark achievement of 100 billion doses will see the raising of the largest National Flag, which will weigh around 1,400 kg, at the Red Fort.

SpiceJet has also announced to unveil a special delivery at the Delhi Airport in order to celebrate the 100 crore vaccine milestone. SpiceJet CMD Ajay Singh, Union Aviation Minister Jyotiraditya Scindia, Health Minister Mansukh Mandaviya will also grace the occasion.

•  In order to mark India’s achievement of administering 100 billion vaccine doses, the Central Government has also planned to make announcements over loudspeakers on planes, trains, and ships.

10 States that have administered most number of COVID-19 vaccine doses

States

Vaccine doses (both)

Uttar Pradesh

12.8 crores

Maharashtra

9.23 crores

West Bengal

6.82 crores

Gujarat

6.73 crores

Madhya Pradesh

6.67 crores

Bihar

6.30 crores

Karnataka

6.13 crores

Rajasthan

6.07 crores

Tamil Nadu

5.34 crores

Andhra Pradesh

4.77 crores

Has India defeated COVID-19?

Even though, India administering over 100 crore vaccine doses represents a significant effort on the part of the Central Government, the celebrations around the landmark cannot hide the possible red flag which is the difference between the fully vaccinated individuals and those who have received just one shot.

Reportedly, only an estimated 20% of the country’s population has received both COVID-19 vaccine shots.

With the upcoming festive season, it is still alarming to notice that an estimated 51% have received just one dose so far, which gives an estimated 30 to 50 percent protection against the Coronavirus.

The Government had also said that a sizeable number of eligible beneficiaries have not taken their second dose of COVID-19. However, the government has claimed that it is aware of this problem and has also called on the States and the UTs to focus on administering the second dose in order to close the gap.

7 facts about India’s COVID-19 vaccination Programme

1. India commenced the world’s largest vaccination drive on January 16, 2021.

2. Under the first phase of COVID vaccination in the country, only health and frontline workers were administered the doses. The frontline workers included paramilitary forces, police, sanitation workers, among others.

3. The second phase of the COVID-19 vaccination in India covered all the residents over the age of 60. The citizens between the ages of 45 and 60 with one or more qualifying comorbidities were also allowed to receive vaccination under this phase.

4. The eligibility to receive the vaccine doses was later extended to all citizens over the age of 45. PM Modi, on April 8, 2021, also called for a four-day Teeka Utsav from April 11 to April 14 in order to increase the pace of the vaccination program.

5. The third and final phase of the Vaccination program started from May 1, 2021, under which all Indian citizens over the age of 18 were eligible to receive the vaccine doses.

6. The first vaccine to be approved by India was Covishield (manufactured by Serum Institute of India, Pune) and the second was the homegrown COVAXIN, developed by Bharat Biotech.

7. Since then, India has approved Sputnik V, Moderna, Johnson & Johnson, and ZyCoV-D.

 

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