New Delhi: India on Saturday (June 5) crossed the 22.7 crore figure in vaccination doses across the country according to the date of the Union Ministry of Health and Family Welfare. A total of 22,78,60,317 vaccine doses have been administered till 7 am on June 5. Out the this, 36,50,080 doses were given in the last 24 hours alone.
The liberalised and accelerated phase-3 strategy of COVID-19 vaccination has come into force from May 1, 2021 after which everyone above the age of 18 was eligible to receive a vaccine shot.
Out of the total doses administered on June 4, 33,74,640 were first dose beneficiaries while 2,75,440 were second dose beneficiaries.
Maharashtra was the top state in number 0f vaccinations at 2,36,68,323 (1,89,40,778 first dose and 47,27,545 second dose) followed by Uttar Pradesh at 1,98,38,197 (1,62,42,637 first dose and 35,95,560 second dose) and Rajasthan at 1,74,79,393 (1,42,88,985 first dose and 31,90,408 second dose).
India began its vaccination drive on January 16 after the government approved Bharat Biotech’s Covaxin and Oxford’s Covishield for emergency use.
In the first phase of the drive, health and frontline workers were vaccinated followed by people above the age of 60.
The drive was then expanded to include people above the age of 45 which was then reduced to 18 from May 1.
Meanwhile, India reported a major decrease of nearly 12,000 cases in the last 24 hours, with 1,20,529 new Covid-19 cases on Saturday, down from the previous day’s tally of 1,32,364 cases reported on Friday.
More daily recoveries were reported than daily new cases for the 23rd consecutive day. The recovery tally of India has reached 2,67,95,549. The total mortality caseload stands at 3,44,082. On the vaccination front, 22,78,60,317 doses have been administered till date. The national recovery rate, stands at 93.38%.
Weekly positivity rate is currently at 6.89%. Daily positivity rate further dips to 5.78%, less than 10% for 12 consecutive days.
The spike in new cases crossed the 4-lakh mark in the country on April 30. The cases have been rising since mid-April and had crossed the 3 Lakh mark within a week.