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These States, UTs Have Vaccinated 100% Adults With First Covid Dose. Health Minister Heaps Praise

People sit as they wait to receive a dose of COVISHIELD. (Image: Reuters)

People sit as they wait to receive a dose of COVISHIELD. (Image: Reuters)

Over 74 crore people of the country's population have received their vaccination, the Health Ministry had said on Saturday.

Union Health Minister Mansukh Mandaviya on Sunday congratulated states and UTs that have administered the first dose of Covid-19 vaccine to 100 per cent of their population. Goa, Himachal Pradesh, Ladakh, Dadra & Nagar Haveli and Daman & Diu, Sikkim, and Lakshadweep have inoculated all their citizens with the first jab.

“Congratulations to these States & UTs for administering the first #COVID19 vaccine dose to 100% of the adult population. Special appreciation for the health workers in these regions for their diligence & commitment," Mandaviya said in a tweet, sharing the number of doses administered by each state/UT.

Over 74 crore people of the country’s population have received their vaccination, and Finance Minister Nirmala Sitharaman on Sunday said vaccination was the only medicine to boost the economy as it allows people to conduct businesses regularly or farmers to carry out farming activity.

Around 50,25,159 vaccine doses have been administered till 8 pm on Sunday, according to data from the CoWIN portal.

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

The next phase of the COVID-19 vaccination drive 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 over 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.

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.

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first published:September 12, 2021, 20:08 IST