More than 47 lakh COVID-19 vaccine doses were administered across the country in the last 24 hours, the highest single-day coverage till now, on day one of centre’s new vaccination policy roll-out.
A total of 47,51,080 Covid vaccine shots were given to eligible beneficiaries till 4 PM, on the day the centre started providing vaccines free of charge to all above 18 and took back control of vaccination from states, reversing a policy change that was enforced just about a month ago.
The centre has started the process of buying 75 per cent of the vaccines produced by companies, including 25 per cent assigned to states. Private hospitals will continue to buy the remaining 25 per cent and inoculate those willing to pay for their jabs, Prime Minister Narendra Modi had announced earlier this month.
The last time India’s single-day vaccine coverage was this high was on April 2 when 42,65,157 doses were administered.
Several states have set higher inoculation targets as lockdown restrictions are being eased, with Haryana expecting to vaccinate at least 2 lakh people today. Gurugram’s health department, till 2PM today, vaccinated 45,728 people against COVID-19 in the last 24 hours, the highest coverage in the city till now.
In Assam, which has one of the lowest vaccination rate within the country, the government today launched an “Enhanced Covid Vaccination” drive that targets to inoculate 3 lakh people daily for the next 10 days.
Karnataka is also targeting to inoculate around 7 lakh people today, in a boost to its vaccination drive.
On Sunday, the centre said that more than 29.10 crore (29,10,54,050) vaccine doses have been provided to all the states so far, free-of-cost and through the direct state procurement category. It said more than 3.06 crore vaccine doses are still available with the states while around 24,53,080 vaccine doses will be given to the states within the next three days.
Before the centre’s takeover, it was the responsibility of state governments to procure and administer 50 per cent of the vaccines for citizens between the ages of 18 to 45. The centre supplied free vaccines to only people aged 45 and above earlier.