New Delhi: Ahead of May 1, the day on which the third phase of the vaccination programme will kick in, more than 2.45 crore people have registered themselves on the government’s Co-WIN digital platform. The country will commence COVID-19 vaccination for those above 18 years from May 1, according to the Union Health Ministry. As per the data, more than 1.37 crore people registered themselves on April 28, when the registrations began at 4 pm that day. The sudden inflow crashed the Co-WIN app servers as many struggled to retrieve OTPs to successfully register themselves for the COVID-19 vaccines. The next day, on April 29, more than 1.04 crore registered by the end of the day.
As per the health ministry, India’s cumulative number of COVID-19 vaccine doses administered in the country has crossed 152 million. A total of 15,22,45,179 doses were given till 7 am on April 30, as per the data. Out of these, 22,24,548 doses were administered in the last 24 hours. These vaccine doses have been administered through 22,43,097 sessions, according to the provisional report till 7 am.
The vaccine doses include those given to 93,86,904 healthcare workers (HCWs) who have taken the first dose and 61,91,118 HCWs who have taken the second dose, 1,24,19,965 FLWs who have received the first dose and 67,07,862 FLWs who have taken the second dose.
Besides, 5,19,01,218 and 1,04,41,359 beneficiaries more than 60 years have taken the first and second dose respectively, while 5,17,78,842 and 34,17,911 beneficiaries aged 45 to 60 have been administered the first and second dose .
Maharashtra, Rajasthan, Uttar Pradesh, Gujarat, West Bengal, Karnataka, Madhya Pradesh, Kerala, Bihar and Andhra Pradesh account for 67.08 per cent of the cumulative doses given so far in the country, the ministry said.
More than 21 lakh vaccination doses were administered in a span of 24 hours. The rise in COVID-19 vaccines is a necessary step, in addressing and eradicating the ongoing pandemic. The second wave of the COVID-19 infections has crippled the medical infrastructure of the country. On Friday the country reported 3,86,452 new COVID-19 cases, up from the previous day high of 3,79,257 cases recorded on Thursday. The increase of roughly 7 thousand cases pushed the total tally of the country to 1,87,62,976 cases on Friday morning. While more than 3,400 people lost their lives in the last 24 hours. As per the Ministry of Health and Family Welfare, as many as 3,498 deaths were reported in the last 24 hours.
(With inputs from PTI)