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Vaccination picks up pace with 35 lakh shots given in last 24 hrs, but still a long way to go

If India administers an average of 31 lakh doses a day, it will take more than a year to vaccinate the entire population.

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New Delhi: India’s Covid-19 vaccination drive has slowly picked up the pace, with an average of 28-30 lakh shots being administered daily across the country.

India started its vaccination drive on 16 January this year, with priority given to the healthcare workers and the frontline workers. On 1 May, the vaccination drive opened up to the entire adult population, but the number of people getting inoculated dropped, with several states blaming vaccine shortage for the dip in numbers.

In April, the number of doses given in a day was as high as 47 lakh on 8 April. However, as the second Covid wave swept through India through April and May, the average number of daily shots administered went down to as low as 16 lakh per day in the first week of May.

If India administers an average of 31 lakh doses a day, it will take more than a year to vaccinate the entire population.

As of Thursday, a total of 21,29,45,352 people have received at least one dose of the vaccine.

Graphic: Ramandeep Kaur | ThePrint

On 16 June, a total of 32,62,233 shots were delivered by 8 pm, according to the health ministry. Data from the CoWIN app shows that the number of vaccinations was 35,12,940 — which includes both first and second doses.

Over the last five days, an average of 31,41,302 shots were administered on a daily basis.

First shot vs second shot

A total of 21,29,45,352 people have received at least one dose of the vaccine. Of these, 4,81,73,116 people have received both the doses.

As many as 31,28,913 people received their first shot as of Wednesday, while 3,84,027 received their second shot.

Graphic: Ramandeep Kaur | ThePrint
Graphic: Ramandeep Kaur | ThePrint

Over the last week, however, the average number of people receiving the first shot has decreased, while the average number of people who got their second shot has increased.

Gender gap

Graphic: Ramandeep Kaur | ThePrint

Among those vaccinated, over 53.9 per cent were men, while 45.9 per cent were women. Just over 0.01 per cent of those vaccinated were trans people.

ThePrint had earlier reported on the gender gap in vaccine distribution in the country.

The number of trans people who have been vaccinated so far is 37,394.

Covshield, Covaxin & Sputnik V

Graphic: Ramandeep Kaur | ThePrint

With the entry of Russia’s Sputnik V vaccine in India, people now have access to three vaccines.

The majority of the vaccines administered — 87 per cent — is Covishield, manufactured by the Serum Institute of India.

Bharat Biotech-ICMR’s Covaxin accounts for a little over 12 per cent of the total vaccinations in India so far.

About 0.01 per cent of the total vaccines administered so far have been Sputnik V.


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