New Delhi: India on Thursday (June 3) crossed the 22 crore figure in vaccination doses across the country according to the date of the Union Ministry of Health and Family Welfare. A total of 22,10,43,693 vaccine doses have been administered till 7 am on June 3. Out the this, 24,26,265 doses were given on June 2 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 2, 21,90,941 were first dose beneficiaries while 2,35,324 were second dose beneficiaries.
Maharashtra was the top state in number 0f vaccinations at 2,30,52,074 (1,84,00,557 first dose and 46,51,517 second dose) followed by Uttar Pradesh at 1,90,34,656 (1,55,01,696 first dose and 35,32,960 second dose) and Rajasthan at 1,72,31,186 (1,40,80,570 first dose and 31,50,616 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 slight spike of 1,366 cases in the last 24 hours, with 1,34,154 new Covid-19 cases on Thursday, up from the previous day’s tally of 1,32,788 cases reported on Wednesday.