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Total Covid Vaccine Doses Administered in Country Crosses 82 Cr, Says Health Ministry

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Last Updated: September 21, 2021, 22:44 IST

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India reports 26,115 new cases and 252 deaths in last 24 hours. (Arunchandra BOSE/AFP)

India reports 26,115 new cases and 252 deaths in last 24 hours. (Arunchandra BOSE/AFP)

The country launched vaccination for all people aged more than 45 years from April 1.

The cumulative number of COVID-19 vaccine doses administered in the country crossed 82 crore on Tuesday, the Union health ministry said. More than 68 lakh (68,26,132) vaccine doses were administered till 7 pm, it said. The daily vaccination tally is expected to increase with the compilation of the final reports for the day by late night.

The vaccination exercise as a tool to protect the most vulnerable population groups in the country from COVID-19 continues to be regularly reviewed and monitored at the highest level, the ministry said.

The countrywide vaccination drive was rolled out on January 16 with healthcare workers (HCWs) getting inoculated in the first phase. The vaccination of frontline workers (FLWs) started from February 2.

The next phase of COVID-19 vaccination commenced from March 1 for people over 60 years of age and those aged 45 and above with specified co-morbid conditions. The country launched vaccination for all people aged more than 45 years from April 1.

The government then decided to expand its vaccination drive by allowing everyone above 18 to be vaccinated from May 1.

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first published:September 21, 2021, 07:17 IST
last updated:September 21, 2021, 22:44 IST