New Delhi: India on Wednesday (June 16) crossed the 26.1 crore figure in vaccination doses across the country according to the date of the Union Ministry of Health and Family Welfare. A total of 26,19,72,014 vaccine doses have been administered till 7 am on June 15. Out the this, 28,00,458 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 till the early hours of June 16, 21,26,81,921 received the first dose beneficiaries while 4,92,90,093 were second dose beneficiaries. Out of the 28,00,458 doses administered in India in the last 24 hours, 24,02,842 people received the first jab of the coronavirus vaccine. Meanwhile, 3,97,616 people got the second jab of the vaccine yesterday.
Maharashtra was the top state in number 0f vaccinations at 2,64,79,757 (2,11,98,464 first dose and 52,81,293 second dose) followed by Uttar Pradesh at 2,38,29,486 (1,99,53,946 first dose and 38,75,540 second dose) and Rajasthan at 1,99,81,201 (1,66,27,520 first dose and 33,53,681 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.
India’s COVID-19 Tally
India reported a slight spike in new infections as 62,224 cases were recorded on Wednesday, up from the previous day’s 60,471 new cases on Tuesday (lowest after 75 days), as per the Union Ministry of Health and Family Welfare on Wednesday (June 16).
The number of people who were discharged stood at 1,07,628 patients, down from 1,17,525 discharges reported a day earlier, the health ministry data showed on June 16. Meanwhile, 2542 deaths were reported in the last 24 hours which was lower than Tuesday’s tally of 2726 deaths reported.