A report has revealed that only around 12 per cent of the eligible 77 crore population in the age group of 18-59 years have taken the precautionary dose of the COVID-19 vaccine so far. A total of 15.66 crore precaution doses have been given till now.
According to health ministry data, 98 per cent of India’s adult population has received at least one dose of the COVID-19 vaccine while 92 per cent have been fully vaccinated. The government has launched a special 75-day special drive to administer precaution doses to all aged 18 years and above at government vaccination centres free of cost.
The drive, a part of the government’s Azadi Ka Amrit Mahotsav to celebrate the 75th anniversary of India’s Independence, aims at boosting the uptake of COVID-19 vaccine precaution doses among the eligible population.
The campaign launched on July 15, has seen 9,28,598 special vaccination camps have been organised in the states and Union Territories. There were 4259 camps at railway stations, 9183 at bus stations, 370 at airports,116675 at schools and colleges, 3552 at religious places and 794589 at camps at other places.
About 35 per cent of the 16.80 crore population aged 60 years and above, healthcare and frontline workers have been administered the precaution dose.
With 10.39 crore doses being administered since July 15, 10,16,78,376 doses of Covishield, 1,68,14,771 doses of Covaxin and 85,03,008 doses of Corbevax have been given since July 15.