The world’s largest corona vaccination campaign released in India within just 10 months is going to touch the 100 crore mark, which is a record achievement. If sources are to be believed, the Government of India is preparing for the celebrations on this occasion.
New Delhi. India is going to achieve a big achievement within 10 months of the Corona vaccination campaign that started in the country on 16 January. The Union Health Ministry is preparing to celebrate the delivery of 100 crore or one billion vaccine doses with various events across the country.
The health ministry expects India to be able to reach this milestone by Monday or Tuesday next week. Sources said Prime Minister Narendra Modi is also likely to address the nation to thank health workers for their immense contribution to India’s vaccine campaign.
According to media reports, the Union Health Ministry is planning to celebrate this important day by organizing various programs across India. It plans to involve COVID-19 warriors and grassroots health workers, who are the key to the immunization drive.
Union Health Minister Mansukh Mandaviya has also sought ideas from the ministry officials about honoring the COVID-19 warriors during the celebration of 100 crore doses. These include those who lost their lives in the line of duty.
A special honor will also be announced to inspire health workers and professionals and ASHA and Anganwadi workers working tirelessly in the fight against COVID.
At the same time, BJP is also planning to organize various activities across the country. This may include a thank you campaign for doctors and professionals.
On October 10, Mandaviya had praised India’s vaccine campaign after the country crossed the 95 crore milestone on Sunday. He had said that the country is “moving fast towards delivering 100 crore vaccine doses”.
According to the CoWin Dashboard, so far 96 crore 74 lakh 52 thousand 484 corona vaccine doses have been given in the country. Till 7 pm on Wednesday, 32 lakh vaccine doses have been given.
Meanwhile, over 97.79 crore COVID-19 vaccine doses have been provided to states and union territories so far, the Union Health Ministry said on Wednesday. It added that more than 8.43 crore remaining and unused vaccine doses are still available with the states and union territories.
The immunization drive has been intensified to ensure availability of more vaccines, advance visibility of vaccine availability to states and union territories and streamline the vaccine supply chain, the ministry said.
The Ministry said that more than 97.79 crore vaccine doses have been provided to the States/UTs so far through the Government of India (free channel) and the Direct State Procurement category.
The nationwide immunization drive was launched on 16 January with the first phase immunization of health workers (HCWs). The vaccination of frontline workers (FLWs) began on February 2.
Then the next phase of COVID-19 vaccination began on March 1 for people aged 60 and above and those aged 45 and above who had a pre-existing disease. The country started vaccination for all people over the age of 45 from 1 April.
The government then decided to expand its vaccination campaign by allowing everyone above 18 to be vaccinated from May 1. Meanwhile, the Union Health Ministry said that more than 95.96 crore COVID vaccine doses have been provided to the States and Union Territories so far.